Attorney general hopeful pushes campaign in Tupelo

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Republican Jim Simpson says he’s not wasting any time asking Mississippi voters for support in his campaign for attorney general.
Simpson, unopposed in the GOP primary, takes on longtime Attorney Gen. Jim Hood of Chickasaw County in the Nov. 8 general election.
A Gulf Coast native, Simpson says he wants to debate Hood at least four times between now and then.
“I think one hour in each of our four congressional districts isn’t too much to ask,” he said Friday while eating lunch at Finney’s on West Main Street.
Simpson moved into the statewide race from a short stint as Gov. Haley Barbour’s choice as commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
He touts his experience as an attorney, a judge and a prosecutor.
Friday marked the end of his first week of a two-week ‘round-the-state push to introduce himself to the voters.
“I’m listening to voters,” he said. “They have concerns, like about Obamacare,” his term for the national health care program.
“In a place like Mississippi, our lifeblood is small business. And I’d oppose anything that’s bad for small business.”
Simpson also said he’s hearing concerns about the economy, the state’s image as “lawsuit-happy” and fears about the fairness of the judicial system.

Read more in Saturday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.