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Jim Clyburn Also Coming To Mississippi

August 6, 2010
tags: 2010 House, Jim Clyburn, MS-04, NRCC, Steven Palazzo, Teamsters, Travis Childers, United Auto Workers
by Brett

It looks like we will see a lot of stars from Washington in Mississippi this fall. (It is funny that basically all we have heard about so far are Democrats when usually the reverse is true). Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) is the House Majority Whip and one of the leaders in the Black Caucus. In the same Politico piece that noted the travel plans for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) included a trip to the First District on behalf of Rep. Travis Childers, it also listed Mississippi as a state that Clyburn will be visiting. It didn’t say anything else beyond that.

And as a result, we don’t know where Clyburn is going or whom he is campaigning for. Logical wisdom would align him with Rep. Bennie Thompson, Mississippi’s lone member of the CBC, but why does he need Clyburn to stump for him? Surely Clyburn’s time would be better spent elsewhere rather than supporting a candidate who won by more than 30 points two years ago.

Until we hear more details, it will remain a mystery- and just speculation.

Speaking of travel arrangements, we have yet to see any dispute from the Childers campaign on Hoyer. They were pretty quick when news broke about Michelle Obama, but silent on Hoyer so far.

As for the Republicans, NRCC Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) will also be campaigning in Mississippi this fall (according to Politico). I am sure that list will grow longer as we get closer to the election.

UAW Gave Childers $10k in 08. I have devoted several posts to the attempts by the United Auto Workers to organize Toyota workers- which seemingly would include their new plant in Blue Springs. One interesting note about the UAW is that they gave Childers $10,000 in 2008; although they have held off donations toward the incumbent this election cycle.

In similar business vs. labor interests involving Childers, last summer the Congressman supported the House version of the FAA Reauthorization Act that included a provision making it easier to organize FedEx workers. FedEx, of course, is based in Memphis and has a significant impact on the Desoto county/ Northwest Mississippi economy. Childers received $5,000 from the Teamsters- the union most likely to benefit if the new regulations did go into law- in 2008.

MS-04 Makes NRCC ‘Race of the Day.’ Yetserday, the Steven Palazzo camp sent out a press release noting that the race in the Fourth District had been designated the ‘race of the day’ by the NRCC- the House Republicans campaign arm. Here is a link to their Facebook page with the announcement.

At the same time, Brian Walsh did a column for looking at the race and talking a little bit about Palazzo. You can check out the story here.

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