Trump Backs Under-Fire Senator Hyde-Smith

28 November, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Appointed U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith R-Miss. and Democrat Mike Espy greet each other before their televised Mississippi U.S. Senate debate in Jackson Miss. Tuesday Nov. 20 2018

Trump to campaign for Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith who is locked in a tight race with Democrat Mike Espy; analysis from Michael Meehan, former chief of staff for Sen. The victor of Tuesday's runoff gets the final two years of a term he started. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick - have been to MS to campaign for the former congressman who served as agriculture secretary in 1993 and 1994 under Democratic President Bill Clinton.

Hyde-Smith's runoff election against Espy, a former congressman and US agriculture secretary, has been far closer than expected thanks to a series of racial controversies, including a photo that emerged of Hyde-Smith wearing a replica hat of a Confederate soldier, and a video in which she said she'd be "on the front row" if invited to a public hanging.

News of MLB's donation broke just hours after it was learned that Hyde-Smith attended a segregated high school that was exclusively created so white people could avoid being educated with black people, then sent her daughter went to a majority white school.

"If the story is correct, she consciously made a decision to separate, and my parents consciously made a decision to be inclusive", Espy said.

Espy is now fighting to become the state's first black senator since the Reconstruction Era.

It's not the first controversy that Hyde-Smith has caused. The Washington Post reported that in 2001, Hyde-Smith introduced a bill as a state senator to rename a stretch of highway to what it had been called in the 1930s: the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway, after the president of the Confederacy.


The news comes just one day after Johnson and his wife, Ann, also donated $2,700 each to Hyde-Smith's campaign. Hyde-Smith was captured in a viral video making remarks about attending a "public hanging".

She has a history of controversial conduct, the most recent from a campaign rally earlier this month where she was seen on video joking with a supporter about happily being his guest for a public hanging. Cindy Hyde-Smith's (R-MS) campaign received some negative press coverage. Thad Cochran's seat. She faces Democrat Mike Espy in a runoff election to determine who will serve the remainder of the term, which expires in January 2021.

The president also touted Monday's rallies, adding Hyde-Smith "is an outstanding person who is strong on the Border, Crime, Military, our great Vets, Healthcare & the 2nd A. Needed in D.C". "So, I think we're gonna vote high again in the run-off".

The Senate race is expected to drive a higher-than-usual turnout for a runoff in Mississippi.

"I also recognize that this comment was twisted and it was turned into a weapon to be used against me", she said.

More than 43,000 absentee ballots have been requested for the runoff, and that number could increase as circuit clerks continue compiling information, the MS secretary of state's office said Saturday. There's typically a decrease in ballots cast between the first election and a runoff. The above-linked article (read it in full) notes that her official bio "conspicuously" omits mention of her high school years. MS last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1982.

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