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Cecil Brown In The Running for Speaker

July 18, 2011

Rep. Cecil Brown (D-Jackson) is the second member of Billy McCoy’s leadership team in the House to announce his intention to run for Speaker, according to Bobby Harrison with the Daily Journal. Brown has written a letter to members informing them of his decision.

On the Democratic side, the most prominent- and only announced- candidate for some time now has been Rep. Bobby Moak (D-Bogue Chitto). This guarantees their will be a battle within the Democratic caucus, and we’re still waiting to see if a Black Caucus member steps forward to run.

For political purposes, there is not going to be much of a difference between Moak and Brown; they are generally cut from the same cloth (whether you view that as a good or bad thing). They are both certainly in line with the modern day Mississippi Democratic Party. Perhaps Brown can use his close ties with liberal education groups such as MEA and the Parents Campaign to carry him forward.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. rubradog permalink
    July 18, 2011 9:04 am

    So far, Rep. Moak has been able to spend his political efforts on trying to defeat Republican House candidates. Now he has a Speaker race challenger from the same
    liberal background that he comes from so he will have to start shoring up that base. I heard George Flaggs say he was supporting Moak so my guess is that Moak has already made his deal with the Black Caucus. I also remember Steve Holland saying that he was supporting Moak as well so he has at least some of the liberal white Democrats as well. Brown may find that he is too late to the party but he also may have the idea that some of those committed to Moak may not have those commitments set in concrete. This could get real interesting.

    • Ivehadbetter permalink
      July 18, 2011 9:17 am

      After watching last year’s race, I find it hard to believe any commitment is set in concrete.

  2. Brenda permalink
    July 18, 2011 2:05 pm

    Then there won’t be much difference in the House. Brown is cut from the same cloth as McCoy. All he knows to talk about is more money for education. In my opinion we are spending too much for what we are getting.

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