Hood already has announced his intentions to run for re-election in 2011, opting not to run for governor even though he would have been the heavy favorite to win the Democratic nomination.
It will be interesting to see how well Hood performs in the 2011 election after an extended period of time where Republicans and Hood-bashers have tried to tarnish him through his associations and friendships with disgraced and convicted trial attorneys such as Dickie Scruggs of Oxford and Joey Langston of Booneville.
Scruggs and Langston, as well as others, are serving time in federal prison in connection with judicial bribery schemes.
As the sole Democratic statewide elected official, Hood has and will continue to have a target on his back.
But the size of that target can be reduced — at least a little — if the Democrats field viable candidates for the other statewide posts. That would prevent Republicans from focusing solely on Hood.
NE MS Daily Journal