By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Henry Ross cites a string of congressional votes like a baseball fan talks stats and concludes a poor performance by the man picked to play.
Ross wants voters to oust that man, U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., and elect him to Congress.
During an hour-long meeting with the Daily Journal editorial board Tuesday, the Republican congressional candidate provided a long list of reasons he claims Nunnelee failed the 1st District.
Nunnelee voted to raise the debt ceiling, he voted to fund bloated federal programs, he voted against spending cuts, he failed to repeal the national health care bill.
“The list goes on,” Ross said. “He doesn’t have a conservative record. He has a moderate record.”
Nunnelee votes with the House leadership, Ross said, when many other GOP members oppose it in favor of more dramatic action to reduce the national debt.
Nunnelee had defended his record during a previous Daily Journal board meeting, saying he voted to cut discretionary spending, repeal the health care bill and extend the payroll tax cut. He said his record is clear and consistent.
Ross, 55, is an attorney with numerous stints in the public sector. He has served as a circuit court judge, assistant district attorney, mayor of Eupora and senior counsel to the assistant U.S. attorney general under the most recent Bush administration.
He also suffered some political losses with failed bids for state senator, circuit judge, mayor and the same congressional seat he’s after today. Ross had lost to Nunnelee in 2010.
The men face off in the GOP primary March 13 against Robert Estes, a Southaven businessman. The winner advances to the November general election.
If chosen, Ross said he’ll fight to reduce the size of the federal government, lower corporate taxes, repeal the health care bill, freeze the debt ceiling, eliminate unnecessary regulations and reform Social Security.
“We need to go to partial privatization of Social Security,” he said. “It would be an optional program … where you could take your Social Security payments and direct them to a private retirement account that is yours.”