Monday, April 4, 2011

Breaking: Barbour switches

Charles Barbour withdrew from the Republican primary for Central District Public Service Commissioner and filed qualifying papers for Senate District #25. The seat is currently held by Walter Michel, who recently announced he will not run for re-election this year.

Meanwhile former Governor Barbour lawyer Joe Nosef wrote on his Facebook page today:
"Everyone: I will not be a candidate for Senate District 25. I feel confident that I can do more good politically in other ways. I've spent pretty much the last decade in politics/public service & right now this is the right decision personally and professionally. I am so grateful however for all of your kind words. Anyone who has run can tell you how much that means. Thanks so much"



Interesting.

60 comments:

Anonymous said...

Zzzzzzz

Anonymous said...

Another dynamic politician.

Anonymous said...

Charles will never vote for a tax increase; not one time

Anonymous said...

Nosef learned quickly that any bid on his part would be DOA.

Anonymous said...

why does this gasbag keep doing this to us. go home.

cholly said...

How anyone ever met Charles Barbour who came away impressed?
Please someone, anyone, run against this slug.

Anonymous said...

Say what you will at least Barbour is making the run. More than you can say for those who only kick the tires.

Anonymous said...

Also rumored: Rita Martinson, Cory Wilson, Ben Allen

Kingfish said...

Let me see, Hinds County started the practice of borrowing against the E-911 fund while he was on the Board. Easy to say no tax increase when you kept robbing the E-911 fund every year and by the way, we still don't have E-911. Even the counties in the Delta have it now.

Or voted in 2006 to approve interest rate swaps on some bonds and give Malachi/Porter Bingham a nice chunk of change. Easy to say no new taxes when playing with the funny money, oops, I meant interest rate swaps.

Anonymous said...

If those type of legislative sleights are key then rule out Ben Allen too.

Anonymous said...

Joe Nosef lives in Hinds County. He probably was worried Madison County voters would choose one of their own over him.

As for Cory Wilson... Hmmm. An evangelical Christian who graduated from Yale Law School. He must be the only one of those in the entire coutry.

Cory lives in Madison County but hasn't lived there for very long (I'm told he moved there shortly after his election loss to Rep. Cecil Brown). I wonder if Madison County will adopt him as one of its own so quickly????

Another prospective candidate is Dan Grimmett. See http://dangrimmett.crye-leike.com/about.php He has great people skills but not much prior political activism. I'm not sure how conservative Catholic Dan is.

Anonymous said...

I know Charles personally and he's a guy who isn't afraid of a fight against bigger gov't. He was the one on the board of supervisor who always fought against those morons. Also, I believe he recently retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel. He'd be great in the senate.

Anonymous said...

11:01- Hi Dan.

11:02- Hi Charles.

Anonymous said...

Charles also isn't afraid to use family connections to land large government contracts for his wife's business.

Anonymous said...

The best candidate for that seat is Rita Martinson. She is an effective House member against strong odds and is prepared to be a good Senator.

Kingfish said...

John Dennery. And I'm serious.

Anonymous said...

11:42...Hi Charles, Hi Dan...Last week, "Hi Joe"...Attempting to call out other posters anonymously, what a clown....

Anonymous said...

Rita Martinson needs to stay put or retire. She's not that effective.

Let's recruit somebody dynamic. We need a fresh face for our Senator.

Tony Geiger said...

I have known Charles since the Reagan campaign of 1980 and he is a movement conservative. He has been in the fight. He will shake things up in the Senate, Some get upset with Charles because he will tell people no , Please vote for Charles Barbour. Thankyou, Tony Geiger

Anonymous said...

With due respect to my friend, Tony Geiger, it is my hope that a resident of Madison County wins this seat. Rep. Martinson is certainly pushing for it, but her bid would be contingent upon the lines being redrawn before the 2011 election. She is not currently within the district. Corey lives in a neighborhood off of Stribling Rd. (at least as I understand it) and would not be in the district after the new lines are implemented. So he'd either be running for one term or he'd be running and moving before the new lines are implemented. Neither sound attractive. I've heard John Taylor's name. I've only met him a couple of times, so no firm thoughts there (other than he was a nice guy). Brian Ramsey, who is an alderman in Ridgeland is running. Who knows who else is looking at the seat. I expect a few more Jacksonian candidates. If it is only Barbour, then those in Madison will need to coalesce behind a single candidate quickly.

For the record, Joe would have been a good candidate. I wonder if this wasn't a roundabout tip of the hat to Lynn Posey as a favor to the elder Barbour.

bill said...

Hmmm. Rita doesn't live in the district yet - she can only be a candidate if new districts are approved as submitted on the Burton Plan. I'm not sure, but I don't think Cory's lived in the district for the required two years prior to the election. Further speculation on who in Madison County will be running should be postponed until we see which district lines are going to be used. Bill Billingsley

Anonymous said...

Rita Martinson has been very effective given her situation, being a GOP minority member of a Democrat majority House that is VERY partisan. Any ineffectiveness that can be laid at Rita's feet stems from her solid commitment to principle and lack of willingness to compromise on those principles.

An example of her effectiveness: during her freshman term, she led three other legislators and a group of concerned citizens in a very organized effort that raised the driving age from 15 to 16. There are other examples as well.

She has a business background and has strong community support in charity and GOP circles. She will get the business PAC money due to her House record.

She is from Madison Cty but will also receive the support of GOP Hinds legislators she serves/served with like Walter Michel, Bill Denny, Ken Stribling, etc. She will be hard for anyone to beat, if she runs.

I like Charles Barbour, Ben Allen, Cory Wilson, etc. as well as John Dennery, but they have an uphill battle if Rita Martinson runs.

Anonymous said...

Charles Barbour? No way. Someone else PLEASE get serious about this and run.

Kingfish said...

Tony, given your pimping up of Marshand Crisler, all your endorsement tells me is your guy is indeed an empty suit.

Interest rate swaps on debt, deals with Porter Bingham, no e911 but uses the money for no so-called tax increases, and improper lobbying contracts awarded.

OH WAIT TONY, that's right, Your firm got a lobbying contract from the Board back then. WHy don't you tell us how much money you got off of it?

Anonymous said...

Marshand Crisler was shot in the leg.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone else hearing Sidney Allen's name thrown around as a potential candidate?

Anonymous said...

Why in God's name would Sydney want that gig?

Anonymous said...

That makes no sense. He is a lobbyist. He'd have to give up his lobbying to run for office, and would have to give it up once he ran.

Anonymous said...

The only thing worse than Charles Barbour is Robert Graham.

Anonymous said...

I bet that Crisler is sick about this.

Anonymous said...

Spoke with someone close to Sidney and was told he is definitely interested. He has been encourages by several area businessmen and potential donors to at least take a look at it. Some young blood might do the place good.

Anonymous said...

Oh the kid Sidney. I thought you meant the Dad Sidney.

Anonymous said...

He'll have the endorsement of the Phoenix Club, and that is crucial.

Anonymous said...

The candidate must have the ear of the business people, the pulse of the electorate,the vision of the future, the heart of the common man, and be experienced at turning an organization around. Only one name comes to mind in Madison County.

Anonymous said...

And who might that be?

Anonymous said...

Tim Johnson

Anonymous said...

Will Longowitz.

(Kidding)


Seriously, why would anyone ever vote for Charles Barbour?

Anonymous said...

Mike Crook?

Anonymous said...

Gov. Barbour made sure Charles was not running against Lynn Posey, current Central District Public Service Commissioner, because Posey switched from Democrat to Republican and passed Gov. Barbour's Kemper County clean coal plant project through for his pals at Southern Company.

Anonymous said...

It is rumored that Ryan Smith, of Madison County, is considering running for the seat. He is the former Chairman of the Young Republicans and has worked on numerous campaigns. He is a dynamic person, with many years in various leadership positions in the business world, a community leader and youth coach. Most importantly he is not tied to any special interest or groups. I hope he does run. We need more leaders in government like Ryan. Real world experience with common sense approach. Run Ryan run!!!

Anonymous said...

9:28, surely you jest. Please, please tell me that you were joking about "Mike Crook"!!!!

Anonymous said...

Now really... would Mike Crook be any worse than those bozos we have now who cant event redistrict??

Anonymous said...

Memo to Ryan Smith: Your mother is on this blog (see 5:50 am)

Anonymous said...

12:21--Mike Crook would be worse than anything you've imagined in your darkest nightmare. Do you know him?

Anonymous said...

Longwitz is in, announced it on facebook

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to know Will has decided to run. He will make a great senator. His base is up in Madison County and he's also got people like Leland Speed in Northeast Jackson behind him.

Anonymous said...

Blah, blah, blah ... Leland Speed ... blah, blah, blah. Speed has lotsa green to contribute but that is it. He hasn't shown any ability get the political needle moving even in his own neighborhood.

Ryan Smith said...

Greetings to "Memo to Ryan Smith: Your mother is on this blog (see 5:50 am)".



This is Ryan Smith. I was made aware of this posting last night. Just for the record, I can assure you that my mother did not make this posting, but she found your comments quite funny! 1. that is way too early in the morning for her, 2. I love her, but she is not that computer savvy for blogging, 3. She would have written much more and exceeded the blogs limits, as this is what mothers do. However, who ever posted this; I would like to thank you for the kind words. They mean a lot to me!!! Lastly, I appreciate the compliment to my mother and her increased computer knowledge and for the record, yes, I am considering this run. Have a wonderful weekend and blessings to all, Ryan.

Anonymous said...

Not stating any opinion about the man or the politician.

BUT, anyone from Madison County thinking about running for this seat would be well advised to ask Bill Denny how to run for office in the NEJax precincts on a small budget and win.

Anonymous said...

that's easy, it's called shoe leather.

Anonymous said...

RE: 11:17 AM

Someone should have shared that wisdom with Roger Davis.

Kingfish said...

Um, I think the comment about your mom being on this site was a joke. ;-)

Ryan Smith said...

I agree Kingfish. It is completely hilarious. I just won't lend any credibility to someone's comments, funny or not, when it is done under "anonymous".

Have a nice day and thanks for your feedback.

Ryan

Anonymous said...

Will Longwitz is now running for Senate, less than 6 months after losing the Madison County Court Judge race, ALL WHILE HE OUT SPENT ALL THE REST OF THE CANDIDATES COMBINED AND HE WAS RUNNING IN HIS OWN BACKYARD. It appears that Will wants to be in any office that he will finally get elected to. If he could not win the Judge race with nearly $100,000.00, then maybe, just maybe, he is not the right person to be in any office!

What next, if Will does not win this election, is he going to run for Congress, Tax Collector, Mayor or the Presidency? There gets to a point when an individual appears that all he wants to do is be a life-long politician. In less than 6 months, Will seems to be trending right in that life-long politician direction.

Anonymous said...

well put, 3:11pm.
the same could be said for C. Barbour.

Anonymous said...

3:11 - that was my impression of him from the start, and it has only gotten more solid as time has progressed.

KaptKangaroo said...

I'm going to give Will a bit of props. I've actually met him. He's a decent man, full of the same things we all celebrate; positive spirit, drive for better times, critical thinking, and of course hoping to pursue the American Dream.

The way the opposition commenters (read: well positioned comments to convince you otherwise) continue to drop droppings amazes me.

I'm not a Mad County Resident, but, if I was, Will would have my vote.

KaptKangaroo said...

And FWIW, switching, in this case, looks opportunistic and demonstrates someone capitalizing on their name.

Politics aside, most voters remember the familiar name when they are pulling the lever.

Anonymous said...

Charles Barbour will not get elected for this Senate seat.

Besides, having to re-live the Alcatec FBI raid is not going to be favorable to Haley's future. I'm sure the press will be inquiring on the status/how the case simply vanished...

"They asked me to lie"

Anonymous said...

The word on the street is that Charles Barbour has not withdrawn from the Central District Public Service Commissioner race as of yet. Odd that he announced he is running for Senate Seat. FYI

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