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More Republicans Go On The Air

October 27, 2011

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).

10 Comments leave one →
  1. jarod permalink
    October 27, 2011 9:01 pm

    Seems as if the commentary is getting more partisan versus objective with the final 2 weeks approaching. I could see the Dems holding the south trans and picking up the central trans seat. Does Lynn Posey have a race on his hands in the central PSC seat? I would not count out Walley and Rayburn in those Senate seats and Dawkins will win. Guess we’ll find out soon! Regardless how it turns out this site always has the best analysis and most insightful commenters out there.

    • October 27, 2011 10:17 pm

      Don’t think Posey has a serious opponent.

      Didn’t realize Albritton was self-financing but so far he’s been outspent nearly 10-1 and King has 2x COH remaining. Don’t know if Albritton has the ability to just cut a $250k check overnight.

      I’m not trying to count anyone out in the competitive districts though I’d think Walley would have a better shot (than Rayburn) just because of his district. If Dawkins does win, and the GOP retains a majority, her district would be a good one for transforming to make more Republican since it’s gonna need some changes anyway. Depends on how aggressive the GOP wants to be.

      • jarod permalink
        October 27, 2011 10:32 pm

        Just wondering why the Dems weren’t able to field a credible candidate in Ezell Lee’s district? Wasnt there anyone in the whole courthouse system or has that district just turned toxic for a True conservadem to win? Also is Brad White going to win that clerking job in Simpson county?

        • October 27, 2011 10:39 pm

          They had a candidate but he had to withdraw because he didn’t live w/in the district. That sounds silly, but I imagine its confusing know who lives there. Don’t know if he would have been credible. Demo’s in that district are about the same as SD 48 so you’d think it woulda been winnable for a Democrat.

          Don’t know anything about White’s race. Anyone else?

  2. ron williams permalink
    October 27, 2011 9:43 pm

    My favorite c ommercial is Steve Simpson. I didn’t know Obama was running for AG.

    But by golly Steve is gonna scare enough old white folks to keep Obama out.

    • Coast Rat 4ever permalink
      October 29, 2011 9:32 pm

      Well Ron I guess you also didn’t notice Palazzo’s strategy of tying Gene Taylor to Nancy Pelosi either? It was a very effective strategy for Palazzo and it worked. But coming from the candidate that had 91% of the republican primary voters disagree with his strategy it doesn’t surprise me that you can’t see what’s going on here.

      I also noticed your comment below criticizing R’s for not calling for Steve’s resignation over the delinquent tax issue. My question to you is what position are we supposed to ask Steve to resign from? Kinda hard to demand his resignation when he is unemployed now isn’t it Ron? But I really don’t expect a direct answer from you Ron. After all, you never answered my question a few weeks ago. Remember, this is when you came out and said you were through with MIM and would never post again? Hmmm, think I hit a nerve with my question…

  3. ron williams permalink
    October 27, 2011 9:51 pm

    Last comment for a while.

    When it was determined that Charlie Rangel didn’t pay some property taxes, we called for his resignation. ( as we should have )

    It is a proven fact that Steve Simpson didn’t pay his taxes, and no calls for resignation.

    We are such hypocrites. That is the problem with our Party. It is OK for our leaders to be crooks, just not the democrats. If there is anyone reading this who loves our state ,Our country and the American way of Life. Please put principle over Party this election.

    • jarod permalink
      October 27, 2011 10:15 pm

      Ron you are a true statesman, you’d have made a great guv. Do you need an assistant? ;-)

    • Rankinlawyer permalink
      October 28, 2011 10:44 am

      Ron, are you saying conservatives should vote for a true liberal like Hood or that they should not vote in the AG race?

  4. Bill Billingsley permalink
    October 28, 2011 10:49 am

    Ron, I can agree with you somewhat, but you’re missing the bigger picture. The process calls for each party to nominate their candidate for the general election. We use primaries to decide, but it’s still party driven. Once selected, the nominees battle it out for the seat, and voters have to pick one or the other. Is Steve Simpson’s tax issue more of a problem than Jim Hood’s use of his office to direct millions into the hands of his friends? Are you saying that because of a tax lien in Simpson’s past you’re going to vote for Hood? That’s pretty shortsighted. Sorry you don’t like it, but you have to either vote for one of these guys or abdicate your duty as a citizen of this great state and stay home.

    I saw Hood’s highly personal attack ad last night, and I fervently hope that the voters express their displeasure for this kind of nonsense by sending Hood packing on Nov. 8.

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