Mississippi politics takes center stage at Neshoba fair

State Sen. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo, the Republican nominee in north Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District, used his speech Wednesday at the Neshoba County Fair to criticize the U.S. House speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi of California.

Nunnelee said the Democrat-controlled Congress has pushed policies, including a massive health care overhaul, that are too expensive and too intrusive. He is trying to unseat Democrat Travis Childers, who was first elected in 2008.

Nunnelee said Democratic congressional leaders know they could lose their jobs if they lose north Mississippi and other seats.

“This is a crusade to save America,” Nunnelee said of his own campaign.

Childers was not scheduled to speak at the fair.