With just three weeks to go before the 2010 edition of “Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty” unfolds, the Neshoba County Fair Association has set their political speaking schedule.
This year’s political speaking slate reflects the ongoing 2010 midterm congressional elections along with a full slate of speeches from statewide elected officials who are already jockeying for position in the 2011 statewide elections.
Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant is actively committed to a 2011 Republican gubernatorial campaign. Agriculture Commission Lester Spell has already announced his intentions not to seek re-election.
Attorney General Jim Hood and Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney have said they will both seek re-election. Gov. Haley Barbour is term-limited.
State Auditor Stacey Pickering has made clear his intention to run for lieutenant governor – and State Treasurer Tate Reeves has raised a sizeable campaign war chest but has yet to formally announce his intentions for 2011 Neither has Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann – but Hosemann is also believed to be considering a bid for higher office.
All those realities should make for an interesting week of politicking at the state’s premier political stump. The speaking schedule is as follows:
WEDNESDAY, JULY 28
9 a.m. – District Attorney Mark Duncan (D), 8th Circuit Court District
9:10 a.m. – Jes Smith, candidate for 8th District Circuit Court Judge, Place II
9:20 a.m. – 8th District Circuit Judge Vernon Cotton, Place II
9:30 a.m. – 8th District Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon, Place I
9:40 a.m. – 6th District Chancery Judge Joseph D. Kilgore, Place I
9:50 a.m. – Billy Nicholson (R), State Representative, District 78
10 a.m. – District 44 State Rep. C. Scott Bounds (R)
10:10 a.m. – District 18 State Sen. Giles Ward (R)
10:20 a.m. – Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall (R)
10:30 a.m. – Central District Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey (D)
10:40 a.m. – State Auditor Stacey Pickering (R)
10:50 a.m. – Attorney General Jim Hood (D)
1 p.m. – Alan Nunnelee (R) candidate for 1st District U.S. Rep.
1:10 p.m. – A.G. Baddley, independent candidate for 1st District U.S. Rep.
1:20 p.m. – Barbara Dale Washer, Reform Party candidate for 1st District U.S. Rep.
1:30 p.m. – Wally Pang, independent candidate for 1st District U.S. Rep.
1:40 p.m. – Gail Giaramita, Constitution Party candidate for 1st District U.S. Rep.
1:50 p.m. – Les Green, Independent candidate for 1st District U.S. Rep.
THURSDAY, JULY 29
9 a.m. – Bill Marcy (R), candidate for 2nd District U.S. Rep.
9:20 a.m. – Joel Gill (D), candidate for 3rd District U.S. Rep.
9:30 a.m. – Kenneth Tim Hampton, Libertarian Party candidate for 4th District U.S. Rep.
9:40 a.m. – Steven Palazzo (R), candidate for 4th District U.S. Rep.
10 a.m. – State Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr.
10:10 a.m. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney (R)
10:20 a.m. – Agriculture Commissioner Lester Spell (R)
10:30 a.m. – State Treasurer Tate Reeves (R)
10:40 a.m. – Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman (R)
10:50 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant (R)
11 a.m. – Gov. Haley Barbour (R)
Sid Salter is Perspective editor at The Clarion-Ledger and a syndicated columnist. Contact him at (601) 961-7084 or firstname.lastname@example.org.