Dems lean on blue-collar AG to steal governor's office

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Jim HoodA gubernatorial race in the Deep South could see the Democratic Party snatch a governor’s office in the reliably conservative state of Mississippi.

Voters will choose Nov. 5 between the state’s Republican lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves, or Jim Hood, the longtime attorney general who angered conservatives for mocking the state's religious liberty law.

The Cook Political Report views the race as “Leans Republican,” rather than “Likely Republican,” citing Hood’s appeal to blue-collar white voters which could help him on Election Day.

Hood’s campaign slogan is “Putting Mississippi Families First,” and his well-funded campaign aims to chip away at Reeves as a wealthy, out-of-touch Republican compared to the pickup-driving, man-of-the-people Hood.

Tate Reeves campaign trailRob Chambers of AFA Action, the political arm of the American Family Association, says Hood deserves to be scrutinized after he refused to use the attorney general’s office to defend Mississippi’s 2016 religious freedom law that was challenged in court.

OneNewsNow reported in an August story that Mississippi lawmakers, citing lawsuits and fines against Christian business owners, introduced and passed the “Religious Liberty Accommodations Act” to protect Mississippi business owners who hold deeply held religious beliefs about biblical marriage.

The Magnolia State is famously one of the most conservative and religious states in the nation, and state lawmakers ignored claims of "hate" from LGBT activists, and concerns from business leaders, to pass the law.

natural marriageEnter the Mississippi attorney general: Hood has told reporters the state law “tarnished Mississippi’s image” and distracted lawmakers from what he called “more pressing issues” such as improving roads and bridges, and funding public education.

Hood also suggested the lawmakers who introduced the bill are duping religious Mississippians and also discriminating against others, presumably referring to homosexuals, lesbians and transgenders.

Chambers

“I find it really hard to believe that someone says that they're a family guy,” Chambers says of Hood. “Really, the foundation of family is the family unit of man and woman in that context.”

Chambers predicts that President Trump, who has endorsed Reeves, could be headed to the Magnolia State for a pre-election rally.

“There is no question,” he says, “what a Trump visit to Mississippi would do for Reeves.”

Editor's Note: American Family Action is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.

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