Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Whit: Guest Refuses to Debate

The Whit Hughes for Congress campaign issued the following statement.





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36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Desperation....

Long term advice, Whit...take the high road and hope for another shot down the road at another elected office. Otherwise, you'll burn bridges and won't be taken seriously ever again. This game is over.

Anonymous said...

It ain't over til the Donald says its over

Anonymous said...

That's right Whit. Kiss the rings and asses and maybe the MSGOP establishment will let you play with their marbles again.

Anonymous said...

Front runner usually won't debate, but look at it this way...more people voted against Guest than voted for him.

James Tulp said...

Agreed. Guest has nothing to gain and Hughes has nothing to lose.

Anonymous said...

Actually, this appears to be a logical move by the Hughes campaign. If Guest has confidence in the merits of his candidacy, he will agree to this debate. It is undeniable that the voters would benefit, and someone like Guest, who has been a practicing lawyer, would have every advantage. Guest should readily agree to this.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Michael Guest will take the bait. He has nothing to gain and everything to lose of Whit could out debate him. I just really hope we get a vicious Pit Bill of a DA in Rankin County. I would hate for Guest to be replaced with a Robert Schuler Smith type.

Anonymous said...

Nope....if Guest is smart, NOPE.

Anonymous said...

How many debates do we need? 14?15? I support the military. 24 county race. Pro gun rights. Help Trump. Why debate?

Anonymous said...

Call it what you will, 6:22. It's also a clear message to the voters that Guest will not belly up to a debate. Just as Hyde-Bryant-Smith will not agree to debate McDaniel.

Anonymous said...

The game is not over. I find a fresh, outside of the box, and better candidate than someone whose company tried to collect a fine I had already paid 14 years earlier. I reached out to him with a phone call and he would not return my call. Needless to say, I am voting for Whit, of whom I have never met. By the way, how many of the poor "sharecropper" people received the same letter demanding payment from a 14 year old, already paid ticket. I assume out of fear of the retribution mentioned in the letter, they probably went to a loan company and paid the already paid fine. If this is what we need, then vote for Guest.

Anonymous said...

This game is over? Ask Liles Williams about his (non) election to the Congress in his first attempt. Lead was larger than this one, and yet Wayne Dowdy was sent to Congress.

Anonymous said...

I agree. To put it in terms Whit can understand, this is throwing up a prayer of a buzzer beater.

Guest has no reason to agree, and Whit will take the low road and call him a coward, most likely. He needs to be better than that if he wants to hold office in the future.

Macy Hanson said...

Traffic fine debt collection v. 1994 (or whenever) MSU Final Four run. I think at least one debate is in order.

@6:22: are you honestly suggesting that a candidate should just stop running in order not to burn bridges? I'm not a big fan of either candidate, but I think we should at least have a legitimate election.

Anonymous said...

Translation: "Come on pleeeease Michael? I've got everything to gain and you've got everything to lose but let's do it anyway, OK?"

Anonymous said...

Somebody PLEASE TELL whit that locking horns with guest in a debate is not the percentage play.

Anonymous said...

6:22 here. I’m not saying stop the election at all. But finish it in a positive way with your head held high (no negative ads or personal attacks). I’ll put it in basketball terms that Whit will understand since all I know about him is that he played ball back in the day. He’s down by 25 points with under 2:00 minutes left to go in the second half. Intentionally fouling your opponent who’s way ahead only makes you look bad.

Anonymous said...

Great analogy 9:29.

Why should he not play offense at his stage of the game ?

Anonymous said...

Sadly, 7:56 nailed it. Debates are worthless these days. No substance whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

810... not a logical argument, it's an emotional one. An agency/court had to turn in the information on your ticket, Guest's company didn't pull it out of the air. Maybe your call and arguement should have been with the agency/court

Stog said...

Guest has a very good reason to not debate. It will expose the reasons he never mentioned being a businessman in his campaign prior to now and the very distasteful image of bill collectors. Just ain't what you think would be a good image for a congressman. The Guv and Harper should have known this and steered clear of trying to promote him in the office.

Whit should go ahead and stgte at least one debate near the end of the week preceding the vote, he can stream it live on his website and perhaps Facebook and really strongly promote the event. Then if Guest doesn't show, set up a podium for him anyway and ask way on the questions, answering of course for Guest in a parody. With enough promotion, Guest not showing may cost him the election.

Anonymous said...

despite being a lawyer, Guest has no debate advantage. He hasn't tried a ton of cases, and the ones he has tried he's had a limited role.

Anonymous said...

Wait... so what were the other 13 debates that they participated in during the primary? heck, they even had FOUR in one week....

Anonymous said...

"It will expose the reasons he never mentioned being a businessman in his campaign prior to now and the very distasteful image of bill collectors."

Wait a second. Is he a businessman or not? Owning a very successful niche collection service for municipalities seems very smart to me. Is that not a businessman? I know some of yall want to paint it as something it isn't, but the fact is, it's a smart move that any of you posting would be proud to call your own.

"Just ain't what you think would be a good image for a congressman. The Guv and Harper should have known this and steered clear of trying to promote him in the office."

What is a good image for a Congressman? Seems like a good DA and a businessman(yet to be decided by those that don't like him). First think we have Benny Thompson to our west, so there is a bar set to follow. Tell me what he has done? Hell Obama was a community organizer and Bill Clinton never really worked a real job other than being in school and working around politics.

Check out who makes up our current house and senate.
https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44762.pdf

Anonymous said...

After that first election Harper never faced the voters of the 3rd in a town hall setting again. Rankin County is about to usher in the weakest candidate on illegal immigration.

Anonymous said...

KF you are having too much fun with these guy's names! "Guest" Star Out"whit" :)

Anonymous said...

‘he hasn’t tried a bunch of cases and has had a limited role in the ones he tried’. Michael Guest has been prosecuting for over 20 years. You have clearly shown you KNOW NOTHING about him at all. But I guess you can say whatever you want in this blog. But a comment like that displays ignorance rather than an educated opinion worth listening to.

Anonymous said...

In most runoff elections, the front runner loses. However, at 45% of the primary vote, Guest would do better campaigning than wasting time with debating Whit, who got about 22% of the vote.

Anonymous said...

Help me out here. Somehow trying to get people to pay fines and tickets is a bad thing? Holding people responsible is now a reason to not vote for them. No wonder our kids are pansy arse snowflakes who feel entitled. Are the ones complaining about this tea party, establishment, big, little gov't or constitutionalist? I'm confused!

Even Ed Peter's son had to do some time and fines for writing hot checks. Lord help us!

Anonymous said...

The 1st District elected Trent Kelly in 2015 to be its Representative to Congress. Kelly like Guest was a sitting District Attorney (District Attorney for the 1st Circuit Judicial District. I do not recall Kelly participating in any one on one debates. At this point, the debates will decide nothing. On the ground campaigning is more important. They both speak from the same conservative talking points. Rankin County and Madison voters will be supporting Guest.

Anonymous said...

Operative phrase being "talking points". If Guest is anything like Harper he'll go deep on "talking points" here at home and then go to DC and vote as a RINO with Pelosi and the Democrats.

Anonymous said...

7:59 - there were no DEBATES during this previous primary. There were many 'forums', some titled as debates - and as noted in several comments above they resulted in many of the same questions being asked with all six candidates basically giving the same answer. Nothing wrong with forums, but don't get what we have seen in these dozens gatherings as a debate just because the term was used in promoting the event.

Now that it is narrowed down to two candidates, a well structured, real debate - with interchanges between the candidates - would not only be insightful but enjoyable. A refreshing different opportunity for the public to hear some real answers from the candidates.

Anonymous said...



It is apparently unimaginable for some of you that honorable men running for office should believe in their vision and wouldn't mind sharing and defending their vision in a debate. You don't think they'd be itching for a chance to let the people know what their positions are, what they believe and their vision to solve problems?

Can you imagine Jefferson or Adams or Hamilton being unwilling to debate?

I suppose winning has become everything at the expense of truth and honor.

What some of you are really arguing...don't tell the voters what you really think or let them know what you know , you could lose because you aren't the better man.

So what if you won't be able to hold your own in talking about the issues in Washington or persuading others? Your party leaders, who don't care a whit about Mississippi will tell you what to do.

Let the parties control everything and just be their puppet. Don't be a leader, be a follower.

To win, be willing to create a mob mentality as that will help obtain a majority. Once you succeed in appealing to fears and prejudices and then control the flow of information and take over the legal and military systems, you'll really be a winner. Those methods actually have worked historically as a means to power.

Look up the countries that have one party control. Look at what happened to countries who looked for a savior and found one, once the savior died. Benevolence ended. Are those the places you'd like to live? If so, be honest enough to warn your fellow citizens of the risks of your plan.

Some of us still believe that if you haven't won on your own merits and by being honest and truthful , you've just cheated and are a loser and scoundrel. You aren't the better or smarter man or more talented man...that man doesn't have to lie or cheat .

And, if your self-interest trumps that of our Nation, then you are no different than a common traitor who betrays his country to line his pockets or to keep his mistakes from being exposed or who is foolishly manipulated by our enemies. Only your betrayal is being unfit and unqualified for the job you seek.

PS Your supporters must know that or you'd be willing to debate anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Anonymous said...

9:16, the object of running in an election is to WIN. If you just want to tell everybody how great you are, just buy a full page ad in all MS newspapers and tell everybody. Cheaper and less time consuming.

Anonymous said...

I've met both - Guest will, hopefully, win.

Anonymous said...

So, there we have it according to 3:24. Having met two people, he's able to let us know who should win the contest. Is that really the way you reach your political conclusions? You're the perfect example of the voter the 'glad-handers' prefer.

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