Phillips holds money edge, but Coleman surges

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

Batesville attorney Flip Phillips retains the financial edge as he and Oxford challenger Josiah Coleman push toward the finish line for a Mississippi Supreme Court seat.
Phillips’ campaign reports $150,910 on hand out of $245,356 raised, while Coleman shows $106,043 cash out of $182,329 total.
However, Coleman outraised Phillips between July and Sept. 30, new Oct. 10 campaign finance reports show.
The two contenders have one more money report before the Nov. 8 election to choose a successor to Justice George Carlson of Batesville, who announced he will retire when his term ends in December.
Coleman’s campaign reports it’s raised nearly $119,000 since July, chiefly from medical professionals and political action groups.
Phillips’ latest contributions of $91,401 come mainly from attorneys, although his earlier report donors dominate from business and financial sectors.
Phillips, 65, of Batesville, has led the campaign fundraising totals throughout the non-party race.
In the previous report, filed July 10, Phillips shows a total of $144,950 raised with $133,688 cash on hand.
Coleman, who will be 40 just before the election, reported $51,027 raised with $24,561 cash at that point.
Since then, Phillips launched his TV advertising focusing on his biography. Another ad, paid by Improve Mississippi PAC, a product of the Business and Industry Political Education Committee, or BIPEC, characterizes him as a “shark” swimming in murky waters.
Pro-Coleman ads are yet to air.
Coleman, who lives in Toccopola, is endorsed by a variety of business and medical political action committees, as well as the Mississippi Republican Chairmen’s PAC, despite the fact that judicial candidates don’t run with party labels.
He’s been an attorney about 13 years and while his courtoom experience has been limited he maintains his strength is in brief writing and research.
Phillips is a longtime Batesville attorney who’s practiced throughout the U.S. from individual plaintiffs’ representation to corporate defense.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com