WLOX, 6/12/7

Former Special Assistant Attorney General and retired Major General Al Hopkins released the following statement in response to Monday’s announcement by Attorney General Jim Hood that he has filed a new, second lawsuit against State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. in Hinds County Circuit Court. Hopkins is also a candidate for Attorney General, hoping to unseat Hood.

“As a Gulf Coast resident and a Mississippian, I read with interest the filing of the new State Farm suit by the Attorney General, because getting the case right is critical to the victims. Mississippians expect more from their Attorney General than headlines, they expect the Attorney General to get the case right so that can recover their homes and daily lives. If Attorney General Hood had handled the suit properly the first time, Judge Senter would not have rejected the settlement, our fellow Mississippians would be that much closer to getting the relief that they deserve, and there would be no need for this suit. Attorney General Hood only files it now because he botched it the first time, causing Mississippians to get delays in their relief, and now he’s desperate to get headlines for the political race he is in and his desire for another headline. The people it hurts the most are those who’ve waited the longest for relief.