Democrat Mike Espy rallies ahead of the runoff
Democrat Mike Espy spent one final day on the campaign trail ahead of tomorrow’s runoff election that has suddenly garnered national attention.
That after controversial comments by Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith including being captured on tape saying she’d attend a ‘public hanging’ if invited by a supporter. A firestorm of condemnation led Hyde-Smith to claim there was no ill will meant by her comments.
Corporate donors have asked her for refunds and Espy says the language has given a ‘black eye’ to a state with a painful racial history. “I mean, you’ve seen Wal-Mart, you’ve seen Union Pacific, and I heard yesterday that Major League Baseball, you know, all asked for their donations back because they all said that her comments did not reflect the values of their company. Well, they don’t, and her comments don’t reflect the value of our state. I think they were disappointing – harmful, hurtful to Mississippi. It just takes us back. It gives us a black eye again in this state, we don’t need any more black eyes. I believe that I’m the candidate to take Mississippi forward. I believe I’m the candidate to take Mississippi into the third decade of the 21st century.”
The former agriculture secretary under Bill Clinton says interest in his underdog campaign has picked up and he’s not concerned with President Trump’s campaign trip to Mississippi on behalf of Hyde-Smith.