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MS Republican leaders praise Cochran’s decision

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Mississippi Republican elected officials - so of whom were likely candidates if he did not run for re-election - are praising Senator Thad Cochran’s decision to seek reelection. Governor Phil Bryant, US Senator Roger Wicker, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, State Auditor Stacey Pickering and Congressmen Gregg Harper, Steven Palazzo and Alan Nunnelee have all announced their support of Senator Thad Cochran. Quite a line-up and several have enjoyed Tea Party support in the past, which does not bode well for Cochran’s primary challenger, state Senator Chris McDaniel.

Governor Phil Bryant:

“Deborah and I are pleased to hear of Thad’s intention to seek reelection. Sen. Cochran is a pioneer of the Mississippi Republican Party and has been instrumental in helping with my efforts to grow the economy and provide jobs for thousands of Mississippians. After Hurricane Katrina, Thad dedicated his time and influence to our state’s recovery efforts as we rebuilt from the nation’s largest natural disaster. Our state has benefited from Sen. Cochran’s leadership for over three decades. In today’s political environment, we need this experience for Mississippi’s future.”

US Senator Roger Wicker:

“I am delighted that Senator Cochran has decided to run for another term in the U.S. Senate. The people of Mississippi need his experience and proven conservative leadership more than ever. Thad’s work on behalf of Mississippi is a testament to his selfless dedication to our state and its future. He has my full support.”

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves:

“I am glad Senator Cochran is running for re-election and I, like thousands of Mississippians, had encouraged him to do so. He is the father of the conservative Republican takeover of Mississippi, and his wisdom will be an asset to the conservative cause as long as he serves. We as Republicans have a major fight in Washington to unwind the Obama agenda in the next six years, and we need our best minds on the job. I hope all Republicans will rally behind Thad Cochran.”

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann:

“From the Natchez Trace to the agriculture research in the Mississippi Delta, from Katrina Recovery on the Coast to the University Medical Center, Mississippians do not need to go far to see the work Senator Cochran has accomplished for our State.  I look forward to supporting his reelection.”

State Auditor Stacey Pickering:

“Congratulations to Senator Thad Cochran in his decision to seek re-election.  I look forward to his continued service to the great state of Mississippi.  Senator Cochran has been the epitome of an honorable statesman and we are better off because of his service.”

Congressman Gregg Harper:

“Sidney and I are absolutely thrilled about Thad’s decision to seek reelection to the U.S. Senate. A true statesman, Senator Cochran has dedicated his life to serving the people of Mississippi. Thad has my family’s full support. And Mississippi needs his leadership in the U.S. Senate now more than ever.”

Congressman Alan Nunnelee:

“Thad Cochran’s decision to run for re-election is fantastic news. His steady leadership has helped guide our nation through good times and bad. He never wavers from his principles and always puts Mississippi first. As the first Republican to win statewide office since the end of Reconstruction, he paved the way for the Mississippi GOP, and we are all standing on his broad shoulders. Senator Cochran has consistently carried the conservative banner, and during these difficult times we need his strong voice more than ever.”

Congressman Steven Palazzo:

“During my time in office, I’ve had the privilege of working alongside Senator Cochran on a variety of issues critical to South Mississippi - from the RESTORE Act and supporting our shipbuilding industry to flood insurance reform.  He has lived a life of service from his time in the U.S. Navy to his leadership after Katrina and beyond. With our nation facing difficult challenges, Mississippi is fortunate for his leadership and statesmanship.  I welcome his decision to run for a seventh term.”

State Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef has also given his thoughts:

“For years Senator Cochran has been a dedicated public servant and fine conservative leader for the Republican Party, Mississippi, and the country. We thank him for his invaluable service and congratulate him on seeking re-election. We look forward to working tirelessly to ensure Mississippi does its part to keep this seat in Republican hands and help Republicans win control of the US Senate in 2014.”

Recap of 2013 special legislative elections

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

My column this week looks at the nine 2013 special legislative elections and can be read in today’s Neshoba Democrat: Perry / Special elections - generally the column looks back at information already posted at this blog this past year; however, there are a few new thoughts and this to consider about the seniority currently in the legislature:

Half of the legislators in Mississippi have served less than two terms in their respective houses. More than 60 percent of Senators have served less than two terms in the Senate while only 20 percent have more than fifteen years of service. In the House, 49 percent of Representatives have served less than two terms, and 30 percent have served more than fifteen years. Three senators and 11 members of the House - or 8 percent of the legislature - have 29 or more years in their current chamber.

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