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Nunnelee, Challengers Begin Campaign

January 19, 2012

While Alan Nunnelee hasn’t made any campaign stops yet to officially launch his re-election campaign, he sent out this note, which hits back at many of the complaints from his opponents, after qualifying for re-election last week:

Last week, I qualified to run for reelection, and I am asking for your help and support again to continue to put our country back on the right track. I ran to serve the First District of Mississippi to ensure a change in the course of federal spending and rein-in a federal government that is hurting our economy. While changing the direction of this country has been a slow process, a process that President Obama and the liberal leadership of the Senate have tried to stop at every corner, we have made some progress. In my first year in Washington, the House of Representatives has successfully changed the conversation from “how much do we spend” to “how much can we cut.”

Over the past year, I have voted for over $10 trillion in spending cuts just to have the liberal leadership in the Senate kill all of these conservative, fiscally sound measures. In spite of the hurdles placed by President Obama and Harry Reid, for the first time since World War II, we cut discretionary spending for two fiscal years in a row. The House has also changed the culture of Washington, DC by banning earmarks and cutting our own budgets.

This year, the House advanced our budget resolution sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-01), which sought to cut $6.2 trillion over the next ten years, and keep taxes low by calling for a simpler, less burdensome tax code for families and small businesses. The Ryan Budget would have ended the one-size-fits-all approach to Medicaid and strengthens Social Security, ensuring the solvency of this critical program. I voted for this budget plan because I believed it was the best way to turn our country around, but as you know Harry Reid and President Obama made sure this budget was killed in the Senate.

Read the rest of his email here.

** As for Nunnelee’s two opponents in the GOP primary, Henry Ross, who lost to Nunnelee two years ago, kicked off his campaign with stops in Tupelo, Hernando, Columbus and his hometown of Eupora. The Daily Journal covered the event from Tupelo with this report.

Robert Estes of Southaven is also hoping to unseat Nunnelee in the primary. The proprietor of the website ‘Where’s America’s Jobs” has launched his campaign site which can be viewed here.

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