False KIDS PAC Mailers Appearing In HD1
In early October a new Democratic PAC sprung up with the name “Mississippi KIDS PAC.” Its director is Johnny Stringer, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and the wife of Cecil Brown, two Billy McCoy loyalists. Brown is also a Democratic candidate for Speaker of the House.
Its first hit piece we noticed involved Becky Currie in HD 91. It made up a story alleging that she did not support the Mississippi School for the Arts which is located in her Brookhaven district. This was rebutted by the chairman of the MSA foundation.
But this PAC, which has yet to release a campaign finance report detailing their donors because they were formed so recently, certainly has not stopped with Currie and obviously has money. We have also seen fliers from the HD 1 race featuring incumbent Republican Bubba Carpenter and Democrat Thomas McCarley.
We posted a recent flier from Carpenter where he said this: “In my bid for re-election, I have tried to run a positive campaign. As a Christian man, I feel it is the honorable and right thing to do. However, some political groups who support another candidate have chosen to use scare tactics and negative, untrue information in an attempt to gain votes.”
At least one of those groups? KIDS PAC. Here is the mailer:
According to Stringer and Brown, Carpenter voted “for easier pardons for criminals” and “to allow easier access to meth ingredients.” The second line, besides being false, is so outlandish I don’t many people who would read that and say really? There’s a line between hard-hitting and just stupid.
The two pieces of legislation are SB 2683 (from 2009) and HB 512 (from 2010). SB 2683 passed 116-4 and you can see the roll call here with Carpenter joining most of the House in supporting the bill, but it would die in conference. (Interesting side note on that conference. As you’d expect, Billy McCoy appointed three supporters: Tracy Arinder, Bennett Malone, and Sara Thomas. Phil Bryant, however, appointed two Democrats- Willie Simmons and Alice Harden- along with Lydia Chassaniol). HD 512, although controversial, also easily passed- view the roll call here. Carpenter supported it, but here is the funny part: Johnny Stringer voted against it. So his PAC is sending out a mailer hitting Republicans for (falsely) opposing legislation that Stringer himself opposed.
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