Monday, July 20, 2015

Say what?

Take a look at the fund-raising numbers for the candidates at the Republican primary for the Southern District of the Public Service Commission.

Samuel Britton
Contributions raised year to date: $371,340
Cash on hand: $282,560

State Senator Tony Smith
Contributions raised year to date: $6,249
Cash on hand: $31,274


Anonymous said...

Why are you surprised. Look at his business resume. The energy industry services business is feature online.

So who do you think is giving him money? I'd say it's the guys who he's smooched up to for years!

Anonymous said...

Interesting figures. Maybe next time Tony Smith wants to get elected to anything he will get a real campaign manager with real qualifications and real experience and NOT one that simply tries to ride coat tails of others.

Anonymous said...

Looking at the report, the candidate contributed $250,000.

Kingfish said...

I know much of it he gave himself. Its still on the books, regardless of source.

Anonymous said...

slow news Monday KF?

Kingfish said...

No. Was told about it last night and it was a little surprising. It has kind of flown under the radar and you normally don't see that kind of money in a race like that.

Anonymous said...

Smith is running on the money he 'raised' while a State Senator. Would stand a lot better chance in this race if he had not saddled up with his fellow Senator last year and shown his a$$ during the campaign. Britton, a CPA, has the experience and the background to hold this office; Smith has nothing but has been a legislator - which IMHO qualifies you for nothing - except of course, SLURP.

Anonymous said...

Have either of these Republicans declared a stand on the Kemper issue at least in general terms?

Is one of these guys a schill for MPC/Barbour interests? What's the scoop?

How is Tommy Blanton doing down there? At least we know where Tommy Blanton stands.

A lot is a stake in knowing where these guys are.

Anonymous said...

Austin BARBOUR is campaign manager for Sam Britton... Wonder where Haley and the BGR boys sent their checks to? ^See contributions above.

Bigger cake is better than pie of any size.. said...

4:11 - For all of you Bigger Pie/Kelly Williams believers, and all that want to make Kemper as a Barbour or state project, interesting read for the other side. Realize you probably don't want to read the other side, but sometimes its good for your soul.

Anonymous said...

Until I received his campaign mailer, I didn't realize that Sam Britton is married to Robin Robinson - Sanderson Farms executive and former member of the IHL Board of Trustees. Any political dots to be connected there?

Anonymous said...

Tony Smith's claim to fame was the Big Gulp bill. Because seriously, of all the problems we face in Mississippi, we really fear someone may limit the size of our Big Gulps. He made us look like fools on national TV. I don't know the other guy but he'd get my vote before Tony Smith.

LEARN HTML said...

Crawford = Bought and Paid

Anonymous said...

Haley must be good. He's in everyone's pants.

Anonymous said...

Seen quite a few Britton signs in Forrest County/Hattiesburg.

Dots said...

What is it about being named Barbour that qualifies one to be a campaign manager? Or is that just a way of saying "I know Haley"?

Anonymous said...

6am: No, Austin is a good campaign manager who stands on his own. Bright guy in his own right.

Not a Barbour, and not infatuated either.... said...

What it takes to be a good campaign manager has nothing to do with your name. However, if you have been brought up in and around politics, been involved in multiple campaigns at all levels (putting up signs, knocking on doors, making phone calls, managing field operations, raising money, etc. etc.) its just like any profession - you can become good at it if you have the aptitude and a nose for strategy.

Again, it has nothing to do with a name - but being a Barbour means you have probably done all the above for years and years. Same is true for many other names in and around Mississippi. Seems, however, that there are a few folks that read and comment on JJ that are obsessed with the Barbour name.

11:50 is correct. Austin is a good campaign manager with a lot of experience - local, state and national levels. Get over it.

Unknown said...

Wake up folks. Austin serves Haley. Haley makes millions from Mississippi Power as a lobbyist. Haley funds Britton. Haley will own Britton. Britton will automatically approve Mississippi Power rate hikes. Mississippi Power will pay Haley more millions. You and I will be sc...ed. This is how it works in MSGOP which is owned by the Barbour family. Same as Palazzo, Cochran, Reeves and many others.

Anonymous said...

Sam Britton is a Haley Barbour plant jsut like Leonard Bentz. We all know Bents broke the law when he raised rates and seald 60,000 pages of the permit file, which when unsealed, will show that MS Power had less than 20% of the engineering complete when the permit was approved.

Ms Power bought off their chief classification engineer to keep him quiet. If Blanton is elected, i bet he unseals those files and looks for criminal behavior. Pretty soon, we might see some people in jail over this. Hopefully Bentz is one of them.

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