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MS agriculture official expected to go to US Senate

22 March, 2018, 01:22 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • The special election for Thad Cochran's upcoming vacancy in the U.S. Senate is sparking a lot of interest even though the election is still months away. Source WLBT

Phil Bryant (R.) on Wednesday tapped Cindy Hyde-Smith to fill Republican Sen. Now in his seventh term, Cochran is resigning effective April 1 for health reasons.

"It is an occasion that will affect all Mississippians, I believe, for all generations to come", Bryant said when introducing Hyde-Smith in her hometown of Brookhaven.

MS is sending its first ever woman to Congress - a fan of Donald Trump.

Elected in 2011, Hyde-Smith, 58, made history as the first woman to hold the office of state agriculture commissioner.

Trump had initially lobbied Bryant to appoint himself to the seat, but the governor declined.

"I'm also looking forward to working with President TrumpDonald John TrumpKoch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp Anti-abortion Dem wins primary fight Lipinski holds slim lead in tough IL primary fight MORE and everyone else who believes in the policies and principles that are making America great again", Hyde-Smith said at a Wednesday press conference.

The senator-designee highlighted her work as agriculture commissioner, while praising President Donald Trump's work on rolling back regulations, making specific reference to the Waters of the United States rule.

Tea Party state Senator Chris McDaniel, who gave Cochran a scare in a bitterly fought Republican primary in MS four years ago, announced earlier this year that he would run against Wicker. Drawing from her spiritual beliefs, Hyde-Smith quoted The Bible in drawing comparison to her life's plan versus God's. "It is incredible that it is here". According to Bloomberg, she received the highest grade for a "strong pro-business and fiscally conservative voting record from the Business and Industry Political Education Committee".

The attacks are already headed her way. "Every farmer and rancher in this state are still celebrating that".

Hyde-Smith is the state's agriculture commissioner.

"I worked hard with our MS delegation to make sure proper inspection is now being done", Hyde-Smith said. As a graduate of USM, she maintains close ties to the university through various service organizations and campus involvement.

Marvin King, a political scientist at the University of MS, said Hyde-Smith is "a safe pick that won't rankle".

"She is very unlikely to make the run-off in November, which is why we are writing to you, asking that you not lend your name to a candidate that is likely to lose", the Republicans writing the McDaniel letter said of Hyde-Smith.

"Fortunately, Mississippi Republicans now know what happens when the establishment tries to handpick their representatives for them - we end up losing seats and wasting money", he said.

But more recently McDaniel, who has a strong following among grass-roots conservatives, announced he was switching to a race for Cochran's seat no matter who was appointed to replace him.

In announcing her acceptance of the Senate appointment, Hyde-Smith said she would be a candidate for the seat in the November 6 special election and underscored her record, saying she had "been conservative all of my life" and had a "conservative voting record" for three terms as state senator. Since the election will not have a primary, whoever succeeds as the top two finishers will advance to a runoff.



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