Friday, February 20, 2015

Hood is in.

The Mississippi Democratic Party issued the following press release:

Attorney General Jim Hood to Seek Re-election

Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that he will seek a fourth term as Mississippi's chief law enforcement officer to continue his efforts to make the state a safer place to live and work.

"The voters of Mississippi have given me the privilege of serving them for nearly 12 years, and I've always tried to live up to the responsibilities they have placed on me," said Attorney General Hood. "With those citizens in mind, I plan to finish the business we began in 2004 including our cases against Google and Entergy."

Since taking office, Attorney General Hood has:

Returned nearly $1 billion to the taxpayers of Mississippi from corporate wrongdoers, including unscrupulous pharmaceutical, insurance and telecommunications companies.
Established one of the nation's first-of-its-kind cyber-crime units to find and prosecute child pornographers and keep our children safe on the Internet.
Fought for citizens in the wake of Hurricane Katrina by battling insurance companies to provide devastated homeowners a better opportunity for recovery.
Prosecuted former Klansman Edgar Ray Killen for the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County during Freedom Summer.
In the coming term, Attorney General Hood plans to continue the fight against corporate giants that are profiting illegally at Mississippians' expense, protecting families from internet predators, combatting public corruption and ensuring the safety of consumers, especially the elderly, against fraud.

"The citizens of Mississippi are largely responsible for the success of our office," said Attorney General Hood. "Through their support we continue to make our state a better place for law-abiding residents."


Anonymous said...

HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! This Republican couldn't be MORE excited that Hood is in... HANG IT UP RUSS!

Anonymous said...

Best news I have heard today!!

Anonymous said...

Is Latino in? What's the latest that came out of his meeting yesterday?

GOP voter said...

Great news. No need to waste money here when we can't win anyway. Focus all efforts on MS House races.

Anonymous said...

Did Russ get in? Or is he still sitting somewhere, talking to his 5 friends, "thinking" about it?

Anonymous said...

With the exception of the Attorney General, Republicans hold EVERY statewide office, so why is it that "Russ should hang it up?" Are we saying that a Republican simply cannot beat a Democrat AG? If we can win other statewide elections, why not AG?

I think Hood is completely the right Republican candidate. Is Russ that candidate? I don't know, but SOMEONE is!

Anonymous said...

Was Latino used to smoke Hood out and away from the first district congressional race?

Anonymous said...

Hood's filing doesn't stop him from running for MS-01.

Anonymous said...

Jim Hood ROCKS. The biggest country type guy in the elected slate that doesn't try to "out Bubba" any opponents. What you see is what you get.

Doesn't run on a platform of "I can out redneck him!"

Anonymous said...

Hood is not the invincible candidate being portrayed. He just needs to have to face a good candidate running a good campaign. He has not had to do that for any of his three elections.

Whether Latino is that good candidate I don't know, but he could be. But I'm not writing the race off to Hood yet - Latino or not. Another week to go and other names still to come.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Hood will decide he really does want to be AG and will decide to move back to Jackson.

Anonymous said...

On one hand the McGOPers here argue that Hood isn't invincible and hasn't faced a good candidate. And yet none of the heavyweights in McGOPville, the "good" candidates, have the courage to step up and challenge the supposedly beatable Jim Hood. One thing is certain, the MS McGOPers continue to talk out of both sides of their collective mouths.

Anonymous said...

What 9:40 PM said.

Question said...

Seriously; What difference does it make whether the AG identifies as a D or an R?

Anonymous said...

Most voters are going to vote for the candidate. The tea party and screaming democrats are the fringe. Two sides of the same coin, extremists. Hood is a good middle of the road AG. Most people appreciate that. He is tougher on crime than the Republicans (see HB 585). The screaming Democrats can't stand the fact that he actively advocates the death penalty. This Republican will be voting Hood.

Avery Wiseman said...

@7:41, it makes a difference in one respect because the AG's office issued legal opinions. While these are not binding, they do provide guidance and the only (practical) way to correct a wrong opinion is to take the matter to court -- a costly and time-consuming process.

Of course, there are political aspects of the job such as Hood's recent foray into the MPAA mess that caused Pete Perry some indigestion, but that's a minor thing in my mind.

Anonymous said...

To @8:28, you said "He is tougher on crime than the Republicans (see HB 585). The screaming Democrats can't stand the fact that he actively advocates the death penalty."

I agree, but I also wish someone would actively pursue corrupt public officials since the DAs won't do it (they want to get reelected) and that leaves corrupt public official prosecution up to the Feds.

Anonymous said...

That wasn't indigestion. Perry's problem is related to his being a chronic gas bag.

Anonymous said...

What Republicans hate about Hood?

He sues corporations who take advantage of the State.

He has collected hundreds of millions for the State.

Republicans get all upset because private attorneys make money representing the State. The horror!

Republicans would have Rx companies having their way with prices....all under the guise of "less government."

Hood should get more PR when he causes corporate America to be accountable to MS residents.

Anonymous said...

@10:15 there is often a great difference between illegal and questionable behavior. Corruption requires a willfull illegal act. Believing an elected official to be corrupt and proving he/she is corrupt are oceans apart.

Hood does more public corruption cases than most. PID is an entire division set up because local prosecutors can't handle a case (the defendant screams it's just political prosecution). Also the Feds don't touch anything not wrapped in a perfect red taped bow. Confession, snitch, surveillance tape, bank records, wire taps and then they get a 1 year misdemeanor!

Anonymous said...

@8:21, this is @10:15 responding. I understand the "difference between illegal and questionable behavior" and I did not suggest (nor would I propose) prosecuting someone for "questionable behavior".

I am glad you recognize some "local prosecutors can't handle a case (the defendant screams it's just political prosecution)", but that is a pitiful reason for failing to prosecute. If a local prosecutor is afraid of the possible political damage (opponent at next election) from prosecuting local officials, the local prosecutor needs to get another job and leave prosecution to someone with intestinal fortitude.

You said "the Feds don't touch anything not wrapped in a perfect red taped bow." That also is the tactic used by some local prosecutors because it is easier to boast of a high conviction rate when you only prosecute those cases "wrapped in a perfect red taped bow." Again, the need for intestinal fortitude.

You also said, "Confession, snitch, surveillance tape, bank records, wire taps and then they get a 1 year misdemeanor!" At least the Feds will pursue corruption and a misdemeanor is better than letting the corrupt official avoid any criminal consequences.

Anonymous said...

Millions of dollars go the lawyers selected by the AG; those are his political friends. If we had a R elected it would be his political friends that got all the work.Who do you want to help the R or D rotten lawyers?

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