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Hyde-Smith Running For Ag Commissioner

January 28, 2011
tags: 2011 Ag Commissioner, Cindy Hyde-Smith
by Brett

This afternoon Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Brookhaven) announced that she will be a candidate for commissioner of agriculture and commerce; a statewide office made open by the upcoming retirement of Lester Spell.

Hyde-Smith is serving in her third term in the Senate and most recently made headlines when she switched parties. She is a cattle rancher and currently serves as chairwoman of the Agriculture committee. She is the third Republican in the race joining Rep. Dannie Reed of Ackerman and Max Phillips, the 2003 Republican nominee.

If nothing else, this shows us the difficulty of winning a statewide election as a Democrat. There are currently no Democrats in this race for an open seat and she could have potentially had a clear field for November. However, she decided the odds were better of winning a competitive Republican primary than a general election as a Democrat.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. MSDawg permalink
    January 28, 2011 3:22 pm

    Better question, is her Senate district safe to go R, or will it be competitive?

  2. Rankinlawyer permalink
    January 28, 2011 5:09 pm

    Senator Hyde-Smith will be an excellent AG Commissioner. She will be a great ambassador for both the Republican Party and for Mississippi. All Republicans should unite behind her!

  3. Houseteaparty permalink
    January 29, 2011 9:13 am

    The Commissioner of Ag. and Commerce by law is required to be an expert in commerce, agriculture, mining, and statistics and an agriculturalist. An elected and appointed political expert that is listed as a Congressional Consultant that is married to a rancher and a sale barn owner may not be prepared for the complex job of regulating, developing, and leading a large segment of our state’s economy. In her job as senate chairman, and member of the Land Water and Timber Board, there have been failures and poor bills that she is responsible for. Awards and recognition because you have the job of senate chairman from those that want your favor are hardly qualifications or real accomplishments, they may be favors. After a 50 million dollar mistake and a poor recovery we really do need to elect a leader that will not hide the past and will develop Agriculture and lead our government into an honest and open future.

  4. Houseteaparty permalink
    January 30, 2011 6:38 pm

    So Hyde-Smith is passionate about Agriculture, a congressional affairs consultant, is that a lobbyist, and with all that passion did she study or prepare for a professional Ag. job at all.
    Big Ag that has supported her chairmanship and the good ole boys that have been in charge will be passionate about her efforts but everyone else better wonder, will she work for her sale barn and cattle business or for the people.
    Some of her bad bills would have helped her business directly, and there could be a lot of power and favor to be had over the Commission and the Fairgrounds. This is a poor continuation of what we have had lately, watch out.

  5. GoneFishin permalink
    June 16, 2011 5:09 pm

    Max is the man for the job. He didn’t marry into farming. It’s his way of life. Master’s in Ag Economics. Where is her degree? She attended college. That is all I could find.

    Watch her go negative. I can see it coming to deflect from her shortcomings.

  6. Babs permalink
    July 13, 2011 9:22 pm

    Cindy Hyde-Smith graduated from the University of Mississippi. She has been a private business owner ,farmer and rancher. She has represented the farmers in the State legislature. Who has Max Phillips represented? Please check your history—Max Phillips first run for the ag office was as a democrat.

  7. Babs permalink
    July 13, 2011 9:23 pm

    Corrrection: The University of Southern Missiwsippi

  8. Coast Rat 4ever permalink
    July 13, 2011 10:21 pm

    I tend to think we have two good candidates for Ag Comm; although I do favor Max. So even though I am a major Max supporter I’m not gonna be bashing Cindy either.

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