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Jeff Smith Qualifies As An Independent

May 25, 2011
tags: 2011 State House, HD 39, Jeff Smith
by Brett

When announcing his intentions to run for Speaker of the House, Rep. Jeff Smith said that he would do so as an independent. But, there was question as to what party affiliation he would qualify for re-election under. And after reviewing the latest list of qualifiers, we learned that the longtime conservative Democrat has indeed left the party and qualified to run for re-election as an independent.

Smith is/ was one of the last few truly conservative Democrats left in the caucus (see BIPEC ratings), and that has certainly put him at odds with the majority of the caucus for some time now. In that sense, this is not surprising and doesn’t immediately tilt any balance of power in the House, but it does drop the number of House Democrats from 69 to 68. That would again give the party a new low in terms of numbers.

The makeup of the House is now 68 Democrats, 53 Republicans, and one independent. Following the 2007 elections, there were 75 Democrats and 47 Republicans.

As for Smith, winning election as an independent is certainly rare but something a well-known figure like Smith should have little trouble with. Plus, he is unopposed at this point in a district that is very conservative.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Charlie Stogner permalink
    May 25, 2011 9:51 am

    If Jeff wins his seat again, he needs some conservative to at least try to unseat Bobby Moak. Moak has used his position on the gaming committee to raise a ‘ton of money’ from gambling interests to fund his quest to be speaker. He surely doesn’t need this type money simply to be re-elected to the house. Maybe, just maybe, the Tea Party types in his district can put forth an opponent.

    • Jeanene permalink
      May 26, 2011 9:50 am

      Interesting that Moak does not “live” in his district. His address is 202 Forest Lake Drive; Madison, Mississippi. His children attend a private school in Jackson. He has not “lived” in the Lincoln County area for many years. His law office is located in Bogue Chitto which is in Lincoln county and he lists that address on all his “residence” information. We are intelligent enough to know that he does not live at his law office. How can this be legal when the SOS office requires that to run for Rep. you must have lived in your district for 2 years prior to running for office?

      • Smitty permalink
        May 30, 2011 1:21 pm

        Jeanene,

        I find it very interesting to know that Moak does not live in the Lincoln County area, but instead lives in Madison. I would think that would have an impact on where he is able to run. Is there any way to challenge his residency in Lincoln County? Is there a complaint process to do this? This is a real concern that should be addressed.

  2. Frank permalink
    May 25, 2011 10:29 am

    Which party would Jeff cacus with?

  3. rubradog permalink
    May 25, 2011 3:04 pm

    Jeff Smith has been a long time member of the Conservative Coalition and has not been welcome at the Democrat Caucus for many years. I certainly don’t have the authority to issue an invitation but I bet the Republicans would welcome him to their meetings.

  4. Jeff Smith permalink
    May 26, 2011 8:32 am

    Thanks for the comments. I have never attended a “Democratic Caucus Meeting” and have never been invited to one. You would be surprised at the RWD’s never having attended any such meeting nor been invited.

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