By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Republican congressional candidate Henry Ross of Eupora called his incumbent opponent a nice guy who failed to keep his promises to the 1st District.
Ross, a 55-year-old attorney, told a small crowd Tuesday at the Lee County Library he’ll work more diligently than Alan Nunnelee to shrink the federal government, reduce the national deficit, defund Planned Parenthood and oppose President Barack Obama’s every move.
“Alan’s a nice guy, but he’s also an established Republican who is going to do every single thing the Republican leadership in Washington tells him to do,” Ross said. “Alan, we’re going to send you home.”
The candidate made his comments during a 15-minute speech at the Lee County Library in Tupelo, where he was introduced by his wife of 30 years, Ann. It was among four stops on his campaign kick-off tour. He also spoke in Hernando, Columbus and his hometown of Eupora.
This is Ross’s second bid for the seat. He had lost in the 2010 Republican primary to Nunnelee and, since then, has hinted several times he’d try again. This is Nunnelee’s first term.
Initially viewed as a Tea Party favorite, Ross said he’s prepared to shut down the federal government to force fiscally responsible changes, as many Tea Party supporters had urged last year. But the group’s Tupelo spokesman Grant Sowell said Tuesday it isn’t ready to make an endorsement.
If voters put him in office, Ross said, it will “shake up this country and make history,” possibly encouraging other Americans to oust incumbents in favor of more right-leaning candidates like him. He said he hopes they’ll form a majority in Congress and reshape the country.
“I want to get us back to a God-centered, constitutional government,” Ross said. “It will be the last chance in America.”
The former Eupora mayor and circuit court judge faces Nunnelee and Robert Estes of Southaven in the March 13 GOP primary. The winner will square off against Democrat Brad Morris and Libertarian Danny Bedwell in the November general election.
– Age – 55
– Occupation – Attorney
– Home – Eupora
– Family – Wife, Ann, three children
– Education – University of Mississippi,
undergraduate and law