Head Reactivated: Endorsements for November

Head Reactivated: Endorsements for November

Tom Head is a freelance writer and blogger in Jackson with a self described, Left-Libertarian.

If you follow his Blog you know that he is pretty far to the left yet definitely sensible enough to be a good read even for conservatives.  Tom is one of the first pundits or handicappers to release a complete list of endorsements and predictions for the November statewide elections.  Most notably for GOP’ers are the three Republican endorsements which are coincidentally the candidates that we feel are the most likely to gain crossover support.  Head’s column seems to reinforce our beliefs that Barbour, Reeves, and Hosemann are very attractive candidates to the Right, Center, and some of those on the Left.

Visit Mr. Head’s blog at the link above, I have reprinted his column below: -ROM

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Endorsements for November

I wasn’t going to post these this early, but (a) I already know where I stand on things, and (b) I seem to have ticked off most of my more party-loyal friends this week for other reasons, so I may as well get it all done with at once. Governor: Haley Barbour (R, incumbent). The Democratic challenger is running an anti-gay, anti-feminist, anti-immigrant campaign that seems to be predicated on the idea that there is no constitutional separation of church and state. The incumbent is running a relatively inclusive, issue-oriented campaign that emphasizes tort reform and economic growth. The challenger has two legitimate policy advantages over the incumbent: Medicaid cuts and Katrina block grant funding. Unfortunately, the challenger has not explained how he would get folks who have been dropped from Medicaid back on the rolls, and the Katrina block grant funding shift has the promising side effect of encouraging low-income home ownership. A great deal has been written (by me, among others) of the state’s rising infant mortality rate, and for this reason alone I was originally prepared to endorse Eaves–but over time I realized that the infant mortality rate has more to do with the OB/GYN shortage than anything Haley Barbour has done, and that his medical tort reform policies represent the only direct way to address the OB/GYN shortage. The truth of the matter is that even from the perspective of reducing infant mortality, Barbour is the superior candidate. Unless things change drastically over the next two months, I will be voting for a Republican gubernatorial candidate for the first time in my life–and I’m sure I won’t be the only one.Lieutenant Governor: Jamie Franks (D). Unlike Barbour, Bryant can’t claim to have run an above-the-board campaign; he has gone for scorched earth, dating all the way back to his “auditor’s report” on illegal immigration last year (based on numbers so speculative that if the report were published and sold at Barnes & Noble, it would have to be placed in the Science Fiction section). While he has recently emphasized education and other practical issues, much of the damage has been done; Eaves still cites Bryant’s numbers in his own anti-immigrant material. There’s also the lawmaking aspect of things to consider: with the House speakership in question and a Barbour victory all but certain, it would be nice to have Democrats running the major state senate committees.

Attorney General: Jim Hood (D, incumbent). A no-brainer. Republican challenger Al Hopkins has strong qualifications, but Hood’s efforts on domestic violence and cybercrime alone are enough to earn my vote.

Secretary of State: Delbert Hosemann (R). Hosemann never ran an anti-immigrant campaign; his statement that he would not allow undocumented immigrants to vote is an accurate summary of what any secretary of state, Democratic or Republican, would do if elected. Hosemann also holds the distinction of beating Mike Lott, our state’s least immigration-friendly legislator, in the Republican primaries. I have traditionally opposed voter ID, which Hosemann supports, but the SoS is an administrative position rather than a legislative position; the most significant power the secretary of state has is the power to screw up. Rob Smith is not an offensive candidate, but looking at both candidates’ qualifications I have to favor Hosemann.

Treasurer: Tate Reeves (R, incumbent). Democratic challenger Shawn O’Hara runs for everything, which is not a good recipe for success for what is effectively an administrative position. Reeves hasn’t done anything offensive in the last four years, and I don’t expect he’ll do anything offensive in the next four, either. We may as well keep him.

Auditor: Mike Sumrall (D). I just like the fact that he has no higher political aspirations than state auditor, he has an accounting background, and he just wants to get down to business. I don’t think Stacey Pickering would destroy our state or anything if he got elected, but Sumrall is my favorite of the two.

Agriculture Commissioner: Rickey Cole (D). I don’t feel strongly about this race, to be perfectly honest. I just don’t want to reelect Lester Spell.

Insurance Commissioner: Gary Anderson (D). He beat George Dale in the primaries, which made me very happy. Republican contender Mike Chaney is a strong candidate with bipartisan appeal, but as long as the insurance commissioner is going to be an elected rather than appointed official, we may as well elect somebody who will represent a viewpoint different from that of the governor.


Explore posts in the same categories: 2007 Prediction, Blogs, Delbert Hosemann, Democrats, Election MS 2007, Endorsements, Haley Barbour, Jim Hood, mississippi 2007, Phil Bryant, Tate Reeves, Treasurer 07

One Comment on “Head Reactivated: Endorsements for November”

  1. Tom Head Says:

    Thanks for the kind words! You might also like this column I just wrote for my civil liberties site, which deals with the Barbour-Eaves race as an experiment.

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