Thursday, January 4, 2018

Harper to come home

JJ has learned that Mississippi Representative Gregg Harper will announce that he will not seek re-election. 

Senator Roger Wicker issued the following statement:


“Congressman Harper has been an excellent legislator and great public servant. When he came to the House of Representatives 10 years ago, he hit the ground running and immediately rose into leadership. Gregg is a solid conservative and a result-oriented Congressman. He has represented Mississippi in a way that makes us proud. I understand his decision, but he will leave a void. I am glad to count him among my good friends and wish him all the best. 

 While Senator Thad Cochran said: 

“Gregg Harper has been a hardworking and dedicated Congressman and it has been a pleasure to work with him.  I commend him for his ongoing service to Mississippi and the nation.  He is a good friend who has represented our state well.”

Mississippi GOP Chairman Lucien Smith issued this statement: 

   "Congressman Harper has been a strong advocate for Mississippi over the last decade. I want to thank him for his dedication and service to make our party, our state, and our nation stronger. I wish Gregg and his family well as they embark on a new chapter, and I look forward to working with his successor to advance conservative policies at the national level."

62 comments:

Anonymous said...

He'll be Cochran's replacement when he retires this year. MS GOP just setting the table.

Anonymous said...

Here comes a Michael Guest press release in 3...2...1

Anonymous said...

Wow he can't take sucking up to Ryan and Trump anymore.

Anonymous said...

Great. Maybe we can get a match-off with Chrissey hisself and Laura VanO. Could increase popcorn sales in the metro area 20fold

Anonymous said...

A wholly ineffective Congressman.

Anonymous said...

Lynn Fitch for Treasurer
Lynn Fitch for Deputy Undersecretary of Anything
Lynn Fitch for AG
Lynn Fitch for LG
Lynn Fitch for Governor
Lynn Fitch for Congress! That's the ticket.

Anonymous said...

Glad to here it; Harper has not done a darn thing since he has been in office; except collect a pay check!!!! I voted for him and will never vote for him again!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Proud member of the MSGOP RINO herd.

Harper was always a reliable vote for Pelosi and Obama.

Burke said...

ALERT: Active troll at 11:37. Next up: "Jackson is lost."

Anonymous said...

A reliable vote for Pelosi and Obama? Hopefully you were trying to be sarcastic, and just failed to get it across. Otherwise, you are just stupid.

Anonymous said...

Do some homework 12:00. Apparently you don't have a remote clue about how Harper has been voting.

Anonymous said...

Interesting indeed. We will see what unfolds, I just hope there isn't a scandal brewing...

Anonymous said...

January 4, 2018 at 12:00 PM = Gallo radio junkie

Anonymous said...

This guy is a dud, he always has been and always will be. Just another gel-coated politician.

Anonymous said...

Phil Bryant wins going away. Reeves gets to run as incumbent in 2019.

12:00 here said...

12:07 - My homework is all up to date- been turned in, unlike yours that evidently the dog ate. And no 12:13, haven't listened to Gallo but twice since the beginning of 2016. Nice try though.

But since you are obviously part of the idiot wing of self-annointed so-called conservatives, please tell us all just how, when and on what has Harper been a vote for Pelosi and Obama. We will all wait with baited breath to let y'all (you) enlighten us.

Anonymous said...

The salary of a US Rep. is $174k plus benefits, not a bad gig. I've done much more for far less!! Why would he give it up??

Anonymous said...

Aint happening, 12:27. Feel has other plans that don't include having to be a candidate again

Anonymous said...

Kingfish needs to go to Warshington

Anonymous said...

Delbert! Delbert! Here's your chance to get close to the throne. Delbert now!

Anonymous said...

This is Taters to lose...he better jump off here because he sure isn't going to be the Guy.

Anonymous said...

Democrats going to run Cecil Brown or the mayor of Meridian?

Anonymous said...

Like what 12:59, the night shift at the tire plant.....

Anonymous said...

Bannon's coming to town, who is he going to call an idoit first?

Anonymous said...

Without question every person that has met Harper says he is a nice guy. But I keep asking people to give me an example of something he has accomplished or done. No one knows. He must be a great guy, but I have never heard him interviewed on anything, take a position on anything, or object to anything. He is a wallflower. The only thing I do know about him is that his office is the only House\Senate office in Mississippi that won't respond to any correspondence sent to him. At least you get a form letter from the others.

Anonymous said...

Harper is retiring for the same reason that a lot of GOP congress critters are retiring: they know there is going to be an electoral bloodbath in 2018 and they don't want to serve in the minority. It's not that complicated.

Anonymous said...

Heritage Action scores him at 64%. Conservative Review gives him an F--42%. Good riddance, RINO.

Anonymous said...

Who next?

Anonymous said...

1:19 What type of accomplishments (specifically) should he have? From what I can see the committees he has served on have all benefited from his recommendations. Beyond those committees it is difficult to claim victory on anything that doesn't come to the house floor. The unfortunate part of the process is that come 2020, the committee assignments seemingly start over for the new congressman or woman. We have to figure a way to implement term limits and balance out the turnover on committees. After all committees and back room meetings is were the magic happens for legislation.

Anonymous said...

I hear that the GOP is trying to get Weill to run. With his recent announcement, it makes sense.

Anonymous said...

Josh Harkins running?

Anonymous said...

Who replaces Thad? What's cooking with Phil's camp?

Anonymous said...

Don't worry... he will be in NE Jackson fundraising as always in Eastover before we know it... he will replace Thad.

Anonymous said...

Heritage Action and Conservative Review are your basis? Thanks for your tea-party info; assume you are supporting Laura for the upcoming primary.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Heritage Action scorecard. Vote for any spending bill, continuing resolution to keep government running rather than shutting down, and you get x'd out. Any appropriation bill that contains any single item that they oppose and its a negative. Using scoring such as they use (and Conservative Review is even worse) means only the tin-foil no-government members are reasonable. Thanks for your input. Go back to your klavern.

Anonymous said...

I got a bit weary of both Harper and Dilboob constantly acting as poster boys for the handicapped (apologies if I used the politically incorrect word). But, yes, what has Harper actually DONE to make my life, or yours better?

He's been a stand up weenie pretending to be a Republican Conservative yet being yanked sideways by the likes of Schumer and Sheila.

However.....God save us from the likes of a clown like David Landrum who is already talking about another 'run'.

Anonymous said...

You Harper naysayers need to get a clue. I am honored to have him as my Congressman. He and his votes represent me and his constituency well. Beyond that, he is a kind person and family man. I'm so sick of this RINO SH*T! Country above Party is the only thing that will save us. You'd better pray that McDaniel is not elected to ANY post he's "at peace" thinking about.

Anonymous said...

He may not do it, but I'd like to see Harkins run. He'd do a good job.

Anonymous said...

Why all the enmity? Didn't he deliver on yall's crap tax bill two weeks ago?

Anonymous said...

Harper voted to fund Obama's agenda each and very time. He'd make show votes to repeal Obamacare then went ahead and voted for the budgets that funded it. Soon after he is gone few will remember he was ever there.

Anonymous said...

2:27 and 2:33 are how we ended up with Trump.

Anonymous said...

In alphabetical order

Supervisor Trey Baxter
Rep. Joel Bomgar
Treasurer Lynn Fitch
Perennial Jim Giles
Rep. Andy Gipson
D.A. Michael Guest
Secretary Delbert Hosemann
Non-voter David Landrum
Senator and sore loser Chris McDaniel
Chairman Joe Nosef
Chairman Lucien Smith
Commissioner Mike Tagert
Crazy Laura VanO
Chairman Brad White

Anonymous said...

@2:02 - interesting, that does make a lot of sense - Weill has the republican street cred as far as conservative ideology and he knows how to run and win an election in a large population center of the district. Timing as to Weill not running again for judge seems awfully coincidental.

Anonymous said...

I know many will laugh, but most people capable of serving in Congress can earn a much better living staying home. If you're young, you have to leave your family and live in your office or have 7 roommates in a 4 BR apartment to make the finances work. No thanks.

Anonymous said...

There has to be more to this story.................. (politicians without opposition don't give up their offices this easily).

Anonymous said...

3:23 - there is more to this story. 3:11 explained it perfectly, and truthfully. He left out the part about when you come home, you face crazy people that want to complain about any vote they read about on social media that doesn't fit their requirement. You spend every weekend in airports, coming and returning. And have to spend enormous amount of time raising money. The salary looks good, but the lifestyle isn't what it used to be.

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking of the Lou Holtz admonition....if you can make a living without coaching football, then by all means do it! In today's nasty and vicious political climate, that goes for running for elective office too. No person should willingly subject themself to the type of personal attacks that we see everyday on social media. These jobs are nothing like as sweet as they used to be in the days when all political decisions were decided in the back room and a politician's personal life was off limits. It is too high a price to pay for temporary power.





Anonymous said...

Behind every plan in MS is a scheme. Thad will pass the PORK torch to Harper. Who replaces Harper? A Republican who wants to be in the minority and not lead.

Anonymous said...

4:43, you and those who rode in the back of the wagon with you have been claiming that Cochran was leaving the Senate since his reelection in 2014. How much longer do we get to listen to your predictions, along with the idiocy of your idea of who would fill a vacancy should one exist? Do we maybe get a reprieve in a year or two?

Anonymous said...

I, for one, am glad that Harper's not resigned to a "life-time" position. I think we'd all be served better if these folks would go up there for a term or two -- then come home to let someone else fill the role.

Anonymous said...

Poor boy is straving in DC on 174k, a decent house rents for 6 to 8k per month on the Hill.

Anonymous said...

ALERT 12:57; I'm not a troll; I live in RANKIN County.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps I missed something, but exactly what has Harper done. Whenever he is on the Gallo show his answers are textbook politico talk of little meaning or substance. I hope he does not take Cochran's place because he has not demonstrated any ability to be an effective legislator. We need people now to break up the establishment and lead us into the future.

Anonymous said...

Harper has done nothing. Kelly has done nothing. Thompson has done nothing. Wicker has done nothing. Cochran has done nothing. The only one who has made any splash is Palazzo and that was to vote against hurricane relief, while, allegedly, representing the MS Gulf Coast.

None of them actually represent any average person in MS. Take your pick of potential replacements to fill seat warmer Harper's spot and it'll make zero difference. I say we send a bobble head drinking bird that will vote yes on any Republican vote and no on any Democratic vote and save the 174k a year. Same difference.

MS hasn't had a Congressman/US Senator with guts, rightly or wrongly, since Montgomery or Whitten. It's been a long string of utterly forgettable, get rich while you can, since then.

And Keeps His Room Neat.. said...

"From what I can see the committees he has served on have all benefited from his recommendations."

HoooKay.

But, tell us: What have you 'seen'? What committees? What recommendations? What benefit? Don't be shy...

Anonymous said...

So Harper pockets his banked campaign funds? Another 'Do as I say, Not as I do' Mississippi Republican.

Anonymous said...

He is currently chair of the House Administration committee which would provide oversight for things like sexual misconduct of Members. Makes you wonder what the backstory is here.

Kansas Football Scoop said...

8:20- No you can't "pocket" a penny of federal campaign funds

Anonymous said...

If the Tea Party is what gave us Trump instead of Hillary then "Hooray for the Tea Party."
This nation dodged having its worst President ever in Obama to be followed by its most corrupt President ever in Clinton. I voted 3rd party but I will happily admit that Trump has exceeded my expectations and he is exponentially better than Clinton would have been.

Anonymous said...

I knew Gregg Harper way before he was even interested in being a politician. He's a very nice person. He is just a little too conservative, and he seems to follow the Republican agenda even if he disagrees. That quality of not taking a stand for your beliefs is what I do not like about Gregg.

Anonymous said...

I also like Gregg Harper. He is a nice person. Not sure what he or any of them have accomplished. The present Congress has been very ineffective. The Republicans cannot agree on much of anything, and the Democrats are obstructionists. They have forgotten who they represent.

Anonymous said...

Rest easy @7:19 AM because Harper's voting record proves he's not conservative at all.

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