Will Conservatives Elect a Conservative?
In less than two months Republicans in Mississippi must answer the question, What does it mean to be a conservative?
Mississippi Republicans largely define ourselves as conservatives. We believe in personal liberty, our constitution, in limited government, in lower taxes and that our God has set us free and given us certain inalienable rights that no government can take from us.
The election on August 8 is a watermark for the Republican Party because we have a decision to make that will define our party and our state for generations. Who we choose for the most powerful political position in our state will determine our future. Some may think that position is the Governor, but in Mississippi the elected position with the most power is the Lieutenant Governor.
The Governor gets more attention and certainly holds a powerful position, but the Lt. Governor has control over laws passed. The Lt. Governor assigns senate members to committees and appoints committee chairman, which gives him tremendous power and persuasion over legislation passed or killed by those committees. The Lt. Governor has control over many of the appointments by the Governor that must be approved by the senate. And lastly the Lt. Governor has control over the appropriations of tax dollars to government agencies.
For all of these reasons the Lt. Governor is one of the most powerful positions in Mississippi government and the election of which must be taken seriously.
Delbert Hosemann has proven over the past four years to be completely out of step with the conservative people of the Mississippi Republican Party. He has appointed more Democrats to powerful chairman positions than Republicans (13 of the 16 chairmanships went to Democrats), he has killed legislation that eliminated the state income tax, supported Obamacare welfare expansion, killed legislation to protect second amendment rights, and he has thwarted the efforts of conservative senators, like Chris McDaniel, to restore the people’s constitutional right to directly affect their government through a ballot initiative process.
The simple answer is, Delbert Hosemann is not a conservative.
So if Mississippi Republicans want their government to share the same conservative values as they do, then Delbert Hosemann can not be their choice.
On the other hand, I have come to know Chris McDaniel personally over the past eight years and I know Chris shares the conservative values and principles of the people in our state.
Chris also has a record that proves his conservative values. He has fought for parental rights in education, cutting red tape that hinders businesses, property rights, religious freedom, vaccination freedom and pro-life policies.
Mississippi Republicans have an opportunity to elect a Lt. Governor who shares their values, who has a proven record as a conservative fighter, and will make Mississippi a leader in our nation. As Chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Caucus, and as the highest ranked conservative with a 95% lifetime rating by the American Conservative Union, I personally endorse Sen. Chris McDaniel for Lt. Governor.
Chris McDaniel is the leader Mississippi needs, I hope we make the right decision because our future depends on it.
PS - Don’t forget that Hosemann passed legislation to give himself a raise and was the Vice-President of the South Jackson Women’s Clinic, the only abortion clinic in Mississippi!