Analysis: Some run for Miss. gov on ideas alone

Mississippians shouldn’t wait for slick TV ads or glossy brochures from some of the 11 men running for governor this year. A forum at Mississippi State University this past week gave three of the low-budget candidates a chance to connect directly with a few hundred potential voters.

Democrat Guy Dale Shaw of Coffeeville, a 74-year-old retired tax assessor, was a hit with students and drew frequent applause and laughter with his decidedly unpolished statements.

Shaw introduced himself as a “clod-hopping country boy” and called the state budget a “wooly booger.” He said he was 2 when his daddy was elected Yalobusha County tax assessor. He talked about winning the assessor’s office himself when his daddy retired, then serving for 36 years until 2000. Shaw left some folks laughing, but scratching their heads wondering exactly what he meant, as he talked about farming with his dad.