Sunday, November 25, 2018

Observations on the Nov. 27 Senate election in Mississippi

The 2018 election is not over. Judd Legum (popular.info) reports on the Mississippi special election for U. S. Senate.

Corporations are sick of Cindy Hyde-Smith

First, here’s an update on the impact Popular Information is having on national politics this week.

On Monday morning, I reported on a new FEC filing by Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who said she’d attend a “public hanging.” The filing revealed recent donations to Hyde-Smith from major corporations including Walmart ($2000), Union Pacific ($5000), Leidos ($5000) and Boston Scientific ($2500).

This information spread rapidly on social media. Then things started to happen.

All these companies have asked for a return of their contributions:Union Pacific, Boston Scientific, Walmart, Leidos, AT&T, Pfizer, Amgen.

The move by companies in the medical industry is particularly notable since Hyde-Smith sits on “the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Food and Drug Administration.”

Hyde-Smith faces Democrat Mike Espy in a runoff election on November 27.

I suspect that those companies did not want to keep company with the KKK. Legum also reports:

Former Klansman donates to Cindy Hyde-Smith

A former member of the Ku Klux Klan, George Malvaney, donated $1000 to Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) on November 20. The contribution was dated nine days after a video emerged of Hyde-Smith saying she would be willing to attend a “public hanging.”

Malvaney was discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1979 after he organized a Klavern aboard a combat ship. Following his release from the military, Malvaney was part of a failed plot by white supremacists to overthrow the small Caribbean island of Dominica. The bungled operation is known as the Bayou of Pigs.

The attempted coup was disrupted by federal agents in Lousiana before it started. Malvaney and his co-conspirators were found with “eight Bushmaster automatic rifles, 10 shotguns, five rifles, 10 handguns, 10 pounds of dynamite and 5,246 rounds of ammunition.” The men also had “a large red and black Nazi flag.”

Malvaney also donated $2700 to Hyde-Smith in May.

Popular Information previously reported that Hyde-Smith accepted a $2700 contribution from a notorious racist in Washington State, Peter Zieve. After that report, Hyde-Smith’s campaign told NBC News it was returning the money.

Now about those other donations?

Trump to stump

The Jackson Clarion Ledger takes A look at Cindy Hyde-Smith before US Senate runoff: Trump’s choice, guarded public image.

President Donald Trump’s upcoming rallies were the first thing U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith mentioned in her opening statement at a Tuesday debate in Jackson.

They were also the focus of her closing remarks — even telling viewers the URL where they could “get those tickets.”

It was fitting for a candidate whose central campaign theme is a near-perfect alignment with Trump’s agenda, something she brings up often on the campaign trail. Even the sides of her campaign bus — dubbed the “MAGA Wagon” — display a large photograph of Hyde-Smith sitting beside the president.

Last week’s debate was one of the rare opportunities during this campaign season to watch an unvarnished Hyde-Smith, not speaking through a spokesperson or statement or surrogate. The 59-year-old Republican previously turned down requests to debate, saying she was too busy in Washington, but eventually agreed after she and Democrat Mike Espy moved on following the general election.

But Tuesday’s contest rarely offered a more candid view. Hyde-Smith often read from notes spread out on the podium, or pivoted away from policy questions to deliver attack lines on her opponent. She departed without taking questions from the media, leaving her fellow Sen. Roger Wicker to speak on her behalf.

But with her constant reminders of Trump’s support — the Republican won Mississippi by 18 percentage points in 2016 — it may not matter.

Trump is scheduled to hold Monday rallies in Tupelo and Biloxi to bolster support for Hyde-Smith, after her recent controversial statements, captured on video, which many viewed as having racial undertones. National Republican groups have also sent money and resources to the state in the past two weeks to shore up support for its candidate.

… Hyde-Smith said at a Nov. 1 Jackson gathering of business and political leaders. “President Trump and the Republican Party made promises in 2016, and we have kept those promises.” She added she was the only candidate “to support the president 100 percent of the time,” and said she would “be with him every day, toe-to-toe.”

That support extends to voting for repeal of ACA, “securing the border”, “lower taxes”, and “right to life.” In short, she’s a maga-nanimous member of Trump’s base.

We’ll know more about Mississippi come Nov. 27. As is the case nationally, you see, the story is more about the voters than about the candidate.

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