Friday, February 27, 2015

It's going to be Hurst-Hood

Can Hurst put the Hurt on Hood? We will find out in November.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst is running against Attorney General Jim Hood. Mr. Hurst issued the following press release:


Former federal prosecutor Mike Hurst filed paperwork today at the Mississippi Republican Party headquarters to run for Attorney General.  Hurst, his wife Celeste, and their four children are residents of Madison.

Hurst, who will hold a press conference next week to discuss plans for his campaign and his agenda for the Mississippi Attorney General’s office, made the following statement: 

“Mississippians need and deserve an Attorney General who will fight for and protect them.   I have the proven experience and track record as a criminal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the unwavering determination necessary to see that our people in Mississippi get the honest services we deserve from our government and all of our public officials.  As your next Attorney General, I will be Mississippi’s prosecutor, continuing my crusade to root out public corruption in our state and holding corrupt public officials accountable.  I look forward to discussing with voters other matters that are important to our future as I travel our state and work to earn the trust and support of Mississippians over the coming weeks and months. Celeste and I are proud to be raising our four children here in the Great State of Mississippi.  We look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve our fellow citizens, and we genuinely ask for your prayers and support.”

Just today, Hurst resigned his position as Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division, which he has held since 2006, in order to run for Attorney General.  In his time in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mike prosecuted some of the largest and most complex public corruption and white collar cases in the state’s history, including the recent bribery case against former Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps. 

Hurst is a native of Newton County, Mississippi, and a graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson and The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.  From 2000 until 2003, Hurst practiced law at Troutman Sanders LLP in Washington.  From 2003 until beginning his service as Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2006, he served as Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and later as Legislative Director and Counsel in the Washington office of Congressman Chip Pickering.

Hurst was recently awarded the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2014 Executive Office of the United States Attorneys Director’s Award for Outstanding Prosecution of Fraud and Service to Fraud Prevention, relating to the prosecution of the largest and most complex commercial mortgage fraud Ponzi scheme ever committed in the history of the State of Mississippi.  His legal affiliations and activities include memberships in the Mississippi Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Mississippi Prosecutors Association, and the Federalist Society.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

No.

Anonymous said...

Has he resigned from his federal gig?

Anonymous said...

Where do I send a check?

Anonymous said...

Well he is better than Latino. At least he has seen a jury before.

Anonymous said...

He has resigned, fresh off the Epps/McCrory prosecution.

Anonymous said...

Great guy for the job

Anonymous said...

Mike will be a great AG.

Anonymous said...

I'm certainly no Republican, but Hurst would be a very good AG. Honest, hard working prosecutor who is well respected. He tackles complex cases and does a good job.

Yeah Right said...

How do you know he's honest and hard working? Those are two bit words.

Jeff Rimes said...

If he is hardworking, he will be the antithesis of Hood.

Anonymous said...

Final Election Results
Hood 61%
Hurst 39%

Anonymous said...

Final election results:

Hood 46.5%
Hurst 53.5%

Hood has not run against a good candidate with a good campaign. Hurst will provide both; and will not have to carry the baggage that the top of the ticket gives him (slater/elvis).

Anonymous said...

With one poll showing 55% want someone other than Phil Bryant to be Governor I think Vicki Slater will do much better than you are expecting. She and the rest of the slate will bring about a very large Democratic turnout which will enhance Hood's numbers from previous elections. Hurst will build his name for future races but it will not be very close.

Anonymous said...

One poll. Did you look at who did that poll? What were the questions and the crosstabs? Buy that line if you want, but when the votes are counted, I'll wager that those 55% that want "someone other" choose that Ms. Slater isn't that person. They might bring about a large Democratic turnout, but there won't be enough to be close to the magic number.

But if you like believing in anything that is told to you (i.e. "a poll") then lets do business. I have lots of stuff I'm willing to sell, and it doesn't even include the Golden Gate bridge.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a prosecutor, but I've had cases in which Mike Hurst was involved.

But, if I was a prosecutor, or ever become one, Hurst is precisely the kind of prosecutor I would emulate. He is very intelligent, always prepared, and is extremely, EXTREMELY professional in his interactions with those around him.

No "low blows" from Hurst. None that I've ever experienced or heard about. Integrity. He does show it, at least. Cannot say the same for many other local prosecutors, with the "raised voice" attitude.

Hurst will get my vote, at least. Even though I think that Hood will be re-elected again.


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