Thursday, January 8, 2015

Sun-Herald: Will she or won't she?

Paul Hampton pondered in the Sun-Herald whether Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler will run for State Auditor against Stacey Pickering.  Mr. Hampton wrote:

A longshot potential candidate seems to be inching toward running in the Republican primary. Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler has been testing South Mississippi for support should she decide to run for state auditor.

It's  a place where the average voter probably has at best a vague recollection of her but where Auditor Stacey Pickering still has some explaining to do about his handling of the DMR affair. He ended up in hot water down here with a chancery judge holding him in contempt after the Sun Herald took him to court in a public records case.


Anonymous said...

She would be a very long shot.

Anonymous said...

What does she know about auditing/accounting?

Kingfish said...

Probably the same as Stacey Pickering, Phil Bryant, and Steve Patterson did when they assumed the office.

Anonymous said...

So Pickering not auditing MDOC or excuse me doing a competent audit of MDOC since 2008 that would discover the biggest illegal scheme in the history of Mississippi politics would be too strong of an opponent?

Anonymous said...

Queen Mary won't be Queen if she's elected State Auditor! They will clip her wings big time. A "small" fish in a big tank!

Anonymous said...

She ought to run for Transportation Commissioner - that way, she can brick all of the bridges in the central district. We need send her and Dick Hall to the house!

Anonymous said...

Will Mary have a communications director on a no-bid contract like Stacy?

Anonymous said...

Would be a good lesson for her about just how small of a pond she rules. It would be good for entertainment value though.

Anonymous said...

10:37- an audit wouldn't have discovered kickbacks and bribes. The statutory process for awarding those contracts was followed. Unless the auditors looked at Epps' personal financial info (which is not within the scope of an audit), there's no way an audit would've disclosed any of the wrong doing at mdoc.

Typically someone tips off law enforcement in situations like this and that's how this type of fraud is discovered.

And mdoc was audited. Every year. By a CPA firm.

toejangle said...

I hope she does run----She will put some of these dishonest political crooks in jail or at least make enough noise to expose them---if she runs that office like she does the city of Madison we will all be better off !!!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget about Queen Mary and her husband got $700,000 in the old lady saga.

When she was asked about it, she says w were building a house and it disappeared

Anonymous said...

Hey 10:37,
You have no clue how audits work do you? So a PEER report can find an irregularity but no follow up? No internal controls? No audit committee? So in your world no company ever finds a kickback scandal? Did anyone even look to see what Epps was driving? Either Epps was handling all these contracts, which is a huge violation of audit protocols or others were involved which was a huge violation of audit protocols. As for the CPA firm, please tell them to notify their carrier. A billion dollar scheme and it can't be detected? Neither could the mortgage scandal in your world? lol. Great real.

If Epps was honest, he would have demanded someone else handle some of these contracts to protect himself from accusations, and if he did not, THAT WOULD be a huge flag.

Anonymous said...

Will he or won't he? Substitute Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler with Delbert Hosemann; State Auditor with Lieutenant Governor; and Stacey Pickering with Tate Reeves. Same story, different verse. The fence straddling by both is going to cost their (potential) campaigns money. Have heard the deep pocket donors who might be willing to fund her/his campaigns (mostly his) aren't impressed with the wishy-washy routine. Sh*t or get off the pot already. Don't drag this out until February 28.

Anonymous said...

I know some developers who don't like her but not only hope she runs, but hopes she wins. A special election for a new mayor would bring all sorts of new opportunities for Madison.

Anonymous said...

She is not running for auditor. One has to be the fool of fools to print that in a newspaper.

Anonymous said...

What about the deal she cut to be an informant for the FEDS?

Have Peacock Will Squawk said...

Can't imagine why she would want that job. Except for the fact that she loves to travel and typically does so with 'her maid' in tow. Natchez is the favorite destination for the traveling duo but one can suppose she wants to see the state.

Hell, she can't even corral and expose the shenanigans of the bunch of courthouse outlaws in her own county.

Anonymous said...

@ 10:37, yes.

Anonymous said...

Her only true experience is meddling in other's business. She's made a career of this in Madison. I'm thinking about voting for her, just so we can get a new Mayor! She's terrible-always trying to tell everyone how to do their jobs!

Anonymous said...

Rumor at Kroger Deli has it that J. Bell Crosby is eyeing the State Auditor position. Don'tchu laugh now. Lookit the last five people to hold the job.

Anonymous said...

Someone should run against Pickering. Then maybe they will audit those Chancery Clerks.

Anonymous said...

I would vote for anybody from any political party instead of Stacy Pickering. What he allowed to happen in the MsDMR matter is enough for voters throughout the state send him packing. While he runs around the state holding press conferences to announce the demand/prosecution from every clerk,bookkeeper and school secretary that has crossed the line he forgave $1,074,519.97 that the Ms.Dept.of Marine Resources Foundation misused.Instead of pursuing Bill Walker and the other members of this criminal enterprise he accepted two 30 year old boats and let the "dear friends" walk with nothing out of pocket in this specific matter.Bill Walker was eventually sent to prison but the other directors of this CONprofit never paid one penny.Walker is also required to pay restitution over a long period of time but was allowed to keep all personal assets.Why? Because he had an R behind is name? Because he was connected to certain politicians in Jackson? Stacey Pickering should answer these questions on his way to getting his due which is an exile from political office.

Anonymous said...

Stacy Pickering was held in contempt by a Judge on the Coast during the DMR scandal for not producing and running off with key documents. Why would anyone want to re-elect him?

Anonymous said...

Mayor Mary has the City of Madison as proof of her success. But there is much left to accomplish and many developers and county politicians to fight. Hope she stays.

Anonymous said...

All Pickering has to do to assure getting his a-- kicked is not finish cleaning up the DMR mess he helped create by providing zero oversight.He knows many more wrong doers in this matter and will be harassed all the way to election day.He really has no business running for re-election in my opinion.

Candidate Watch said...

JBC won't run. He can't fit in one of those State-owned Prius vehicles.

Anonymous said...

Mayor Mary should run against Lynn Fitch. Would make for an interesting cat fight.

Anonymous said...

Some say Mary picked up qualifying papers at the SOS office yesterday.

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