Endorsements: Ross, McCullough

1st DISTRICT – In the 1st Congressional District – an open seat that was vacated when former U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker, R-Tupelo, was appointed to serve the unexpired term of former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott when he retired – state Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville is the best choice in the Democratic primary based on his cumulative legislative experience and based on his service as a longtime aide to the late legendary former U.S. Rep. Jamie Whitten.

In the 1st District’s Republican primary, former Tupelo mayor and former Tennessee Valley Authority chairman Glenn McCullough Jr. of Tupelo possesses the best overall qualifications among the Republican contenders to represent the diverse interests of the district on Capitol Hill.

The Democratic and Republican nominees will meet independent Wally Pang and Green Party candidate John M. Wages Jr. in the November general election.

2nd DISTRICT -In the 2nd Congressional District, Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Bolton, is the best choice among the Democratic contenders. His chairmanship of the House Homeland Security Committee is valuable to all Mississippians. Republican Richard Cook of Byram is unopposed for the Republican nomination in the 2nd District.

3rd DISTRICT – In the 3rd Congressional District, Pickens alderman and businessman Joel Gill is the best choice in the Democratic primary. He enunciates a clear vision that has resonated across the expansive district and has run the most credible, active campaign.

In the Republican primary in the 3rd District, former state Sen. Charlie Ross of Brandon has emerged from a strong field of candidates as the most experienced legislator and the candidate who offers the very credible ability to hit the ground running in representing the 3rd District’s interests. On balance, Ross outpaces the GOP field in offering maturity, experience and a record of solid accomplishment in the Legislature.

Ross served in Desert Storm and understands perhaps better than any Republican candidate in the 3rd District race the challenges the nation faces in the wars on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. That experience uniquely qualifies him to carry on legendary U.S. Rep. G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery’s service to America’s veterans, Guardsmen and Reservists.

Ross can be effective on the first day he goes to Washington.

Clarion Ledger Editorial
3/9/8