More Republicans Go On The Air
This week, we’ve seen a couple new ads from Republicans running for statewide office. Cindy Hyde-Smith is out with her first ad, while Steve Simpson released his second, again going after Jim Hood for refusing to join in a lawsuit challenging Obama’s healthcare legislation.
** Here is Hyde-Smith’s first general election spot for her race against Democrat Joel Gill:
** And here is the latest ad from Simpson:
He said this in a press release:
This morning, Steve Simpson announced the launch of his campaign’s second television advertisement, focusing on Jim Hood’s belief that Obamacare is constitutional. Hood’s statement supporting the constitutionality of Obamacare came after three separate federal court rulings against the law’s constitutionality.
“Jim Hood believes that President Obama has the authority to take healthcare decisions away from Mississippians and that’s simply not right,” Steve Simpson said. “As Attorney General, I’ll do what Jim Hood refused to do – stand up to President Obama and do everything in my power to stand up for Mississippi by fighting Obamacare.”
Arthur Davis donates to Phil Bryant. Last year when he was running for governor of Alabama, Arthur Davis surprised (and aggravated) a lot of people when he voted against the healthcare legislation, the only Black Caucus member to do so. Davis has also recently turned many heads, again, particularly in the black community, when he wrote a newspaper column in support of Alabama’s new voter ID legislation.
Well, Democrats aren’t going to be happy with this latest story. Davis has donated to two Republicans nationally of late, including Phil Bryant. Davis said he donated to Johnny DuPree’s campaign in the primary so I wouldn’t necessarily take it as an endorsement, but it’s pretty surprising when you consider the race’s storyline.
** Speaking of the Bryant, he has a Get Out The Vote rally scheduled for next Thursday at Hinds Community College in Pearl. Special guests for the evening include Haley Barbour and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Here is an invite to the event:
MMA endorses Tom King. Tom King, Republican candidate for Transportation Commissioner in the Southern District, received an endorsement from the Mississippi Manufacturers Association on Tuesday.
In backing King, MMA President and CEO Jay Moon said: “Manufacturing is the foundation of our economy and the MMA PAC exists to provide support for those candidates who will work to create jobs and keep manufacturing strong and competitive in Mississippi. The MMA PAC believes Tom King will be an advocate for manufacturers and business in general, enabling Mississippi to continue to compete in the global marketplace.”
We haven’t talked much about this race, but King is matched up with Democrat Larry Albritton for the office previously held by outgoing Democrat Wayne Brown. This presents a very real pickup opportunity for Republicans, and could potentially give them all three seats on the commission. Republican Mike Tagert won an open seat this winter following the passing of Bill Minor, and should be good for a first full term in a couple weeks. The central district, though, presents an interesting matchup with incumbent Dick Hall and Democrat Marshand Crisler. Hall’s been around, but according to Crisler, “if ‘we’ show up, ‘we’ win.” I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the closest race of the three. Hall was around 54 percent four years ago.
Updates from House races. Here are a couple stories of interest from HD 83 and HD 105.
** Greg Snowden, running for re-election in HD 83, held a news conference on Monday in downtown Meridian to announce the backing from several business groups. Snowden has received an endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Business and the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, along with a recommendation from BIPEC who gave the Republican an A in their latest report card.
Here is a statement from Snowden: “I am deeply honored to accept the endorsement of Mississippi’s private sector job creators. My service in the Legislature has been dedicated to keeping taxes low and to eliminating unnecessary governmental regulations. It’s all about providing good-paying, quality jobs for our communities, and Mississippi entrepreneurs do this better than anyone else when government just stays out of their way.”
** Dennis Debar, Republican candidate for the open HD 105 seat, has a new radio ad out, “The Record.” You can listen to it here.
The producer of the ad is RedPrint Strategy. We talked about them some earlier this week; they have also been working with Melanie Sojourner and Rita Parks (and Delbert Hosemann before that).