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Yazoo Herald Editorial takes Ronnie to task

October 15, 2008

ICYMI: the Yazoo Herald has a good editorial on Ronnie, oh how we forget when we have good god fearing Democrats for neighbors how the fire breathing, America hating, anti-christian left wing in Washington D.C. really operates.  We don’t need to elect a Senator that will run with that crowd (even if he isn’t “one of them”) there are plenty of reasons to vote for Roger Wicker but I can’t write as eloquently as Mr. Patterson does below.  -ROM

We haven’t forgotten your record Ronnie
Walter Patterson

If you are the proud owner of a short memory, you can bet that politicians love you.
They can cavort, change, re-invent themselves, blame others for their past failures, and yet they know inside their devious little minds that you will continue to vote for them.
On the other hand, if you have a normal memory and you recall the idiotic things that politicians have done to you and to this country, you are the last person on earth that a politician wants to confront.
For example, have you seen that exciting candidate for the U. S. Senate, the former governor, the liberal, the one who almost sent Mississippi into bankruptcy?
Yes, I’m talking about the Democrat candidate, Ronnie Musgrove. His buddies in Washington, for some strange reason, smell blood in the water, and they are spending a fortune to try and get this re-treaded failure elected. They are trying to portray Musgrove as a leader who has Mississippi’s interests at heart.
To listen to the misleading ads on TV, one might conclude that he is going to Washington and single-handedly change world politics. Now if you will think back, this was the man who could not handle his own liberal supporters in the Mississippi House and Senate. He was continually slapped around like a “rented mule” by the Democrat majority.
What has changed during the last five years? Nothing! Mr. Musgrove is still the same weak liberal that he has always been. While we’re at it, remember what he did to the State budget.
That’s correct. He ran up an almost one billion dollar debt by placing ineligible participants on programs for which they did not qualify.
Does the term “buying votes” come to mind? It took a Republican governor, Haley Barbour, to straighten this mess out.
So what would happen if Ronnie Musgrove were elected to the U. S. Senate? First, none of the promises he makes now can be fulfilled. He is trying to portray the image of a man floating down a lazy river, but what he is really doing is swimming up stream like a migrating Salmon.
Should he reach Washington, he would encounter the likes of Harry (this war is lost) Reid, Chuck (I am incompetent) Schumer, Hillary (I don’t want to be the other woman) Clinton, Dick (our troops are worse that Nazis) Durbin, and Barbara (I have no clue) Boxer.
If you think the Mississippi Legislature slapped Musgrove around, I shutter to think what this crowd would do. Of course, when they finished with him, he would be for higher taxes, much higher taxes, more government waste, gun control, and against free trade.
Drilling for more oil, either off shore, domestically, or in ANWAR would be off the table. Gas prices will soar to well over five dollars per gallon, perhaps more, but Ronnie Musgrove and the Democrats will be telling us that it is for our own good, that we must wean ourselves off of oil because it is causing “global warming,” and because the mean, greedy oil executives are making too much money.
Remember what Senator Obama said? “What worries me most is how rapidly the cost of gasoline has risen.” Well, Senator, if we produced more oil, the price of gasoline would drop. For some strange reason, the Democrat Party does not get this concept.
Imagine that a Category III hurricane hit Yazoo County. There would be no electricity, no water, no gas for the cars, no food, and in some instances, no shelter. Now imagine what would happen if oil was prohibited, something the Barack Obama has proposed that we do in 10 years. There will be no electricity, no water, no gas for the cars, no food, and in some instances, no shelter. There will be no means of building a shelter or raising food. Yet, Obama and Musgrove will, if elected, push this moronic plan as far as the liberals in Congress will let them.
Happily, Senator Roger Wicker has a practical answer to this leftist problem. First, he wants to drill, drill, drill. He wants to open up more government lands for exploration, and he knows that windmills, solar panels, and “inflated” tires alone will not solve the problem.
Roger Wicker is a conservative. He knows that government can do some things, but in many cases, government is not the end all or be all. He, also, stands for fiscal responsibility, a concept foreign to former Governor Musgrove.
No, Mr. Musgrove, most Mississippians have normal memories. Some even have “elephant like” memories.
We remember your inability to lead, your fiscal mismanagement, your inability to bring your own liberal buddies on board to pass your “taxpayer” funded big government programs, and we simply say “no.”
You had your chance, and you blew it. Remember, Governor Kirk Fordice had set his successor up to have a great four years. There was money in the bank. Now you are asking us to elect you to the United States Senate.
You’ve got just one problem that your ultra-liberal Washington friends failed to tell you. Mississippians have long memories.
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Walter Patterson is a columnist for The Yazoo Herald. He can be reached by e-mail at opat55walt@att.net.

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Quick, it’s an emergency, Ronnie needs a new fainting couch!

September 29, 2008

Hilarious

-ROM

Small Business Picks Wicker

September 24, 2008

According to the Mississippi Business Journal Blog, the NFIB has announced its endorsement of Roger Wicker.

NRA Endorses Roger Wicker

September 15, 2008

NRA-PVF Endorses
Roger Wicker for U.S. Senate

Fairfax, VA-The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing U.S. Senator Roger Wicker for re-election in Mississippi.

“We are pleased to endorse Senator Wicker for re-election because of his longstanding, steadfast and proven commitment to preserving our Second Amendment freedoms,” said Chris W. Cox, Chairman of NRA – PVF. “We know he will continue the work he has started in the United States Senate.”

Roger Wicker has a history of defending the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. During his seven terms serving Mississippi’s first congressional district, Senator Wicker voted in support of and co-sponsored numerous NRA-backed bills, including measures bringing much-needed reform to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, preventing malicious lawsuits against the firearm industry through the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act and securing our Second Amendment freedoms in the wake of a natural disaster with the Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act.

As United States Senator, Roger Wicker has continued his strong support of gun owners’ rights by voting to revise current policies by the National Park Service and the National Wildlife Service to make right-to-carry laws consistent throughout our national parks. Senator Wicker also signed the historic congressional amicus brief in support of the right of Washington, D.C. residents to defend themselves with firearms in their own homes. 

Roger Wicker’s strong pro-gun record has earned him an “A” rating and endorsement by NRA-PVF.

“NRA-PVF is endorsing Roger Wicker because we know that he has worked tirelessly to preserve our Second Amendment freedoms for future generations,” concluded Cox. “I ask every Mississippi gun owner and NRA member to vote for Roger Wicker for U.S. Senate on November 4th.”

Cue Musgrove Freak Out

September 8, 2008

So the Ronnie Musgrove for Senate Campaign has been in a tizzie over the order of offices on the November ballot. Last week a press release from the campaign complained that the Musgrove-Wicker special election might be placed at the bottom of the ballot (where special elections usually go) and be ignored by “tens of thousands of voters.” Musgrove’s campaign said Musgrove’s “race is the most prominent in the state” but “it may receive the least attention on Election Day.” The campaign urged Democrats to call the Secretary of State and make sure this didn’t happen. Of course, if voters choose to ignore Musgrove, that is nobody’s fault but his. Also, ain’t it funny that Musgrove wants “to change a broken system in Washington” but he insults all the local campaigns at the bottom of the ballot by acting like they are not important. He has already bought into Washington thinking. The school board members and election commissioners and judges we elect are important to our communities. Musgrove might think his is the only race of importance, but he is wrong. His Washington DC campaign staff wants him at the top of the ballot to take advantage of what they are hoping will be an Obama turnout, but Sid Salter suggests that might not happen anyway.

Hey Washington guys! In Mississippi, being at the bottom doesn’t mean it isn’t important. We put our Constitutional amendments at the bottom (like Defense of Marriage). Our Constitution is more important than any candidate.

An agenda for tomorrow’s State Election Commission meeting (Gov Barbour, Secretary Hosemann, AG Hood) shows the following meeting items: 1) Call to Order 2) Approval of minutes 3) Wilkinson County registrar 4) Review and approval of General Election candidate qualifications (President, Senate, Congressional, Judicial) 5) Review and approval of Special Election candidate qualifications (Senate, Judicial) 6) Approval of names on Sample Ballot 7) Adjournment

We already know what Jim Hood thinks. Stay tuned to see how this shakes out. Maybe they’ll be at the top; maybe at the bottom….

NRSC: Defendant admits giving Musgrove $25,000 “gratuity,” while MS taxpayers get saddled with $55 million bill

August 12, 2008

http://www.nrsc.org/news/Read.aspx?ID=1455

WASHINGTON, DC — First, there was the news today that Democrat Senate candidate Ronnie Musgrove is the public official in the case of the failed Mississippi Beef Processors Plant. Now, there’s news that not only is Musgrove the public official, but that a defendant in the Beef Plant case admitted that “gaining the favor of” Musgrove was the purpose of a $25,000 campaign contribution — a contribution that charges in the case labeled a “gratuity.”

Of course, the Beef Processors plant project failed under Musgrove’s watch and Mississippi taxpayers were left to foot a $55 million bill.

A $55 million tab for Mississippi taxpayers. And a $25,000 tip for Musgrove.

According to the Daily Journal, “[g]aining the favor of then-Gov. Ronnie Musgrove was the motive behind an unlawful $25,000 campaign contribution in 2003, Beef Plant defendant Robert Moultrie admitted Monday.

“Moultrie, CEO of The Facility Group of Smyrna, Ga., pleaded guilty to one count of ‘knowingly and unlawfully rewarding an agent’ of Mississippi government with a ‘gratuity,’ which he apparently hoped would get him in good stead with Musgrove, if he should need him later.” (Daily Journal, 8/12/08

Moultrie’s attorney even noted, “[t]his is a charge that he made the contribution intending to influence and reward the official for the performance of official duties should the public official’s assistance be needed on any potential problems on the Mississippi beef project.” (Daily Journal, 8/12/08

“Have you ever given or received a $25,000 tip for work left undone?” NRSC spokesperson Mary-Sarah Kinner asked. “Ronnie Musgrove effectively passed the $55 million tab onto Mississippi taxpayers while accepting a $25,000 tip for his campaign coffers. Did Musgrove think no one would catch it? And if so, can he be trusted not to do something like it again?”

Musgrove Commercial Shot in Canton Subject of Scrutiny

July 29, 2008

Musgrove Commercial Shot in Canton Subject of Scrutiny
B. Keith Plunkett
The Flora HarvesterJuly 23, 2008-The Wicker for Senate campaign will file charges with the FEC against opponent Ronnie Musgrove for alleged violation of FEC finance regulations over a campaign commercial shot in Canton.
The commercial was shot on the grounds and inside a boardroom at the Madison County Courthouse on July 9. One issue over the commercial is whether the funding and participation of producers from the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee constitute a violation. However, that issue is compounded by whether the producers of the ad had proper written permission to film inside the courthouse.
According to County Administrator Donnie Caughman, the group had permission to shoot on the grounds of the historic courthouse, but not inside.
“They did not have permission to go inside the courthouse,” Caughman said. “They did not mention that.”
Jim Mabus with the Musgrove campaign coordinated the ad with the Canton Film Office, which in turn facilitated use of the Madison County Courthouse grounds through County Administrator Donnie Caughman. Executive Director Jo Ann Gordon with the Canton Film Office said that her group dealt only with Mabus and had no contact with any other group.
Mabus did not return two calls requesting comment for this story.
Caughman said that Canton Film Office Executive Director Jo Ann Gordon came to him with the request for the Ronnie Musgrove Campaign.
“Mrs. Gordon came to me and she showed me that they had proof of insurance, which we don’t normally require because we have liability coverage,” he said. “They wanted to film a commercial on the historic courthouse grounds.
“All she said was that it was the Ronnie Musgrove campaign,” he added.
Gordon said that the permission was in writing and that anything arranged in the courthouse was between the producers and other individuals.
“Our office only got permission to use the Madison County Courthouse grounds,” said Gordon. “We expressly discussed with them and I have it in writing that anything they did with anybody individually they had to get written permission.
“They come in and we qualify,” Gordon explained. “Our office facilitates production. We find out what their needs are and if it has anything to do with public space.
“I’m just angry we’ve been put in this position,” she added. “I don’t know whether it’s right or wrong from anybody. We didn’t do anything different than normal. We don’t care if it’s a commercial shoot or a major motion picture. We’re going to help facilitate film production in Canton, Mississippi.”
According to Jeff Tanner, Vice-President and Director with the Ridgeland based Eyevox, his company was hired as a “third party vendor” and helped shoot the commercial. Tanner says that due to the sensitive nature of political work he couldn’t comment further on who was or was not behind the commercial, but he added, “We were not hired by the Musgrove Campaign.”
In a conference call with members of the press on Tuesday Wicker attorney Ben Ginsberg said the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee had stepped over the line with the commercial and had violated election finance law.
“The way (Musgrove) is featured in the ads in a private shooting done only for this ad. That means number one; that there’s coordination between the campaigns and more importantly what this ad does is republish Musgrove campaign materials, and that republishing of Musgrove campaign materials is what causes the violation,” Ginsberg said.
Last week, the Musgrove campaign filed charges with the FEC against the Wicker campaign alleging “double dipping,” with Republican donors.
Austin Barbour, a Wicker campaign staffer said that since the beginning the Senators staff has been in contact with the National Republican Senatorial Committee Council and the FEC to be sure they remained in compliance with the law. According the Barbour, the FEC allowed for two election cycles in this case due to a runoff election that included former Congressman Ronnie Shows, who dropped out of the race.
“Ronnie Shows dropped out of the race after the first quarter and we quit taking the runoff cycle money,” Barbour said adding that the Wicker staff has “double checked and triple checked” to be sure that Wicker remained in compliance.
Ginsburg’s take on the Musgrove charge against Wicker was that it was a move meant to “divert attention.”
“It looked to me like it was filed because the DSCC knew they were caught on this one and wanted to put up something (to) divert from their own transgressions,” he said.