JACKSON -- State Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Alan Nunnelee's name been in the news here in Mississippi as one of the negotiators unable to reach an agreement on a budget for the new fiscal year that begins in less than two weeks.
He also is in the news in Washington, D.C.
Roll Call, a U.S. Capitol newspaper, cited Nunnelee "as the clear favorite" among Republicans as "their man" to run next year against 1st District U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, a Prentiss County Democrat.
The Roll Call article said that state Sen. Merle Flowers, R-Southaven, has opted not to run for the U.S congressional post after traveling to Washington, D.C., where he met with national Republican figures.
The article said Flowers' decision "clears a major obstacle from the path" of Nunnelee, a Tupelo Republican.
Nunnelee admitted sometime ago he was mulling a run for Congress. He has been conducting "a listening tour" of towns in the 1st Congressional District.