Archive for June 2009

Interesting sign that the GOP is on the comeback trail nationally Kelly Ayotte expected to run for US Senate in NH

June 25, 2009

We usually don’t cover national politics here at ROM but NH Attorney General Kelly Ayotte is expected to run for Senate in New Hampshire and that is big news for the GOP as a whole, the fact that polling must be starting to show a path to victory and that begins to bring out the top tier recruits like Ayotte who usually only run when they know they can win.  Ayotte is a moderate Republican with sterling bipartisan credentials.

From Huffington Post “Ayotte would be a dream candidate for the GOP in NH, which has seen every GOP seat since 2006 in play from Republican to Democrat (former Sen. Sununu now Sen. Shaheen, former Rep. Bradley now Rep. Shea-Porter, Former Rep. Bass now Rep. Rep. Paul Hodes.)  Another poignant issue: AG Kelly Ayotte has young children and huge popularity in the state. She won’t run if she doesn’t think she can win — and it increasingly looks like she may run.”

When opportunity presents itself it is too late for preparation.

-ROM

Could Republicans find a savior in N.H.?

Kelly Ayotte Dream Candidate for the GOP

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Delta Editor Calls Luckett “rookie politician” whose words “insult voters”

June 17, 2009

Tim Kalich, editor of the Greenwood Commonwealth, wrote about the recent Delta Council meeting and noted the absence of  “Bill Luckett, the Clarksdale attorney who has drawn headlines as a possible Democratic gubernatorial candidate.”

Kalich looks at Luckett’s recent not-ready-for-prime-time goof.

Luckett was sounding like a rookie politician last week when he explained his affiliation with the Democratic Party. He told the Associated Press he couldn’t see how anyone with any sensitivity growing up in Delta could be otherwise “unless you’re just a racist or something.”

It’s not smart, though, to insult voters he would need to have in a governor’s race. Luckett only has to look at recent election results. Nine of 10 offices — state and federal — elected statewide are held by Republicans. Even when the rest of the nation trended Democratic during the 2008 presidential election, Mississippi stayed solidly in the GOP column.

The only way for a Democrat to win statewide office these days is to woo GOP crossover votes. Calling them racist is not a particularly effective pickup line.

Luckett Blames Reporters on Salter’s Show

June 16, 2009

Bill Luckett appeared on Sid Salter’s talk radio show on Supertalk Mississippi Friday, and Sid replayed part of the show and commented on it Monday afternoon.  Sid asked Luckett about this from a recent Associated Press article:

“You can’t have grown up in the Mississippi Delta with any kind of sensitivity or any kind of feelings and not come out of that aligned with the Democratic Party, unless you’re just a racist or something,” Luckett said.

This is what Luckett had to say on the quote on Friday:

It was not the answer I gave and then the question that was asked was something about Brad White, the Republican chairperson in Mississippi said Democrats are out of touch with Mississippians and basically can’t win an election or something along those lines. And I answered that by saying, well my belief was that its the Republicans that are out of touch not Democrats. Then she asked me another question. I was fighting about four trucks going by. In fact, and I’m not saying anything derogatory about Emily Pettus, it was a most difficult conversation, it was interrupted a number of times, and finally she said ‘let me see if I got this quote right’ and she read it back and I got parts of it and I said ‘well it sounds pretty close.’ But my message…what I said was this, I said ‘growing up in Mississippi for sixty years in the Delta leaves me with a sense of compassion and social sensitivity that I think everybody in the Delta develops and has, UNLESS one is a racist.’ And I believe that.  And I’ve got Republican friends all over the Delta who are compassionate and as socially sensitive and maybe more so than I am even…If it was taken wrong, I apologize for that, but my intention was to say, ‘I grew up in the Delta and like a lot of my friends there you can’t have lived in the poorest part of the poorest state in the nation and not come away with some real social sensitivity.

Salter said after the show he got a text message from the Associated Press Capitol Reporter Emily Wagster Pettus, that said per Salter:

I understand that Mr. Luckett was trying to disavow the quote that was in my story. I read it back to Mr. Luckett immediately after he said it and told him I wanted to make sure I had it right and he said that yes, those were his words. I don’t want to get up in the middle of this on the radio, but clearly, I stand by the accuracy of my work.

Then Salter noted that Luckett also challenged his own reporting in a column from January of this year when Salter wrote:

There are other seeming contradictions. He supports charter schools, but supports a substantial amount of so-called “tort reform” legislation. That would seem to pit Luckett against one of the groups that delivers the most warm bodies to the polls to support Democrats (teacher unions) and one of the groups that has in recent years provided much of the campaign finance dollars (trial lawyers).

Salter said he remembers the interview and that his colleague Jerry Mitchell was in the Clarion Ledger conference room with him. But when he mentioned it on the radio, this was Luckett’s response:

Alright Sid, well first of all, that was one segment of your article that I don’t think you got right from me, on tort reform.

To this Salter said on the radio Monday:

Mr. Luckett questioned Emily Wagster Pettus because of an uncomfortable response to a question. He questioned me because of an uncomfortable response to a question that I asked back in January in an interview with him…It will be a long and difficult campaign if Mr. Luckett questions the veracity of every reporter who asks him tough questions and responds to the times when he gives difficult answers by saying ‘the reporter got it wrong.’ I don’t think Emily Wagster Pettus got it wrong and I can assure you, I didn’t get it wrong.

Bill Luckett’s Campaign Strategy

1) Announce

2) Put Foot in Mouth

3) Blame the Shoe

I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Bill Luckett calls Delta Independents, Republicans “racists”

June 11, 2009

Bill Luckett, an attorney and owner of of the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, has opened the “Progress for Mississippi” PAC to get ready to run for Governor. In not the best way to start a campaign, he has said anyone in the Delta who is not a Democrat is a racist.

“You can’t have grown up in the Mississippi Delta with any kind of sensitivity or any kind of feelings and not come out of that aligned with the Democratic Party, unless you’re just a racist or something,” Luckett said.

He also has aligned himself with President Barack Obama. Intentionaly linking himself to National Democrats is another foolish mistake for a Mississippi Democrat looking to reach the necessary conservative Democrats it would take to win.

Luckett said he voted for President Barack Obama and supports most of Obama’s efforts to get the economy back on track.

“He is making some smart decisions, but they’re risky,” Luckett said.

Not a good way to launch your campaign.

Kingfish diggs up some juicy gossip about Bryant vs. Hosemann

June 1, 2009

Kingfish

“Mississippi Republicans who have struggled long and hard to get a Voter ID bill passed only to be backstabbed when in sight of victory.”

-ROM