Chairman Rickey Cole reaction to Gene Alday's comments:
"When I first read Representative Alday's comments in yesterday's Clarion Ledger, my first thought was of the great damage such attitudes do to our state's efforts to make progress and grow as people who can work together and respect each other.
"In an unguarded moment, Alday gave voice to an ugly set of prejudices that have crippled our state, driven so many away forever, and caused immeasurable pain, suffering and death. White supremacy is the original sin of Mississippi, and Rep. Alday stepped up to the microphone and reveled in that sin once again."
Chairman Rickey Cole response to Joe Nosef's comments in the Clarion-Ledger
"I emailed Joe Nosef last night and urged him to repudiate Alday's remarks. I'm glad to see that he and other leaders of the party of Lincoln did so. But Chairman Nosef had to hedge his bet with the voters who agree with Alday by mentioning comments made by our sole African American Congressman about Phil Bryant. Here's the difference, Joe: Congressman Thompson was talking about one man, by name. Alday attacked an entire race. There is no comparison, and to attempt to draw one cheapens the earlier repudiation. Mississippi deserves better."
State Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef on Monday said "we are very disappointed." But then he accused his Democratic counterpart of hypocrisy for not being as critical of U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson for comments he made last year on radio.
"(Alday's) statements certainly do not reflect the views of the Mississippi Republican Party, its leadership or membership and are absolutely unacceptable," Nosef said. "I sure wish (Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole) was just as eager to speak out when one of his own Democrat officials has said something. Recently, Bennie Thompson said the governor was only against Obamacare because a black man created it, and Chairman Cole refused to comment directly. Hypocrisy is part of politics, but Rickey is better than that."