House e-campaign starts with a heavy blast

It’s more than 250 days until 2010’s general election day, but electronic communications are flying to try to shape public opinion about candidates for the U.S. House.

Some e-mails are informational, some seem downright nasty.

As of Friday, Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District – basically north Mississippi – had four candidates seeking to make two party slots on the Nov. 1 ballot:

– Travis Childers of Booneville, a Democrat, the incumbent and unopposed so far in his party.

– Angela McGlowan of Oxford, Republican, consultant and former Fox News commentator.

– Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo, Republican, state senator.

– Henry Ross of Eupora, Republican, former mayor and Bush Administration appointee.

McGlowan, Nunnelee and Ross will square off June 1 in the GOP primary, a race few thought would be this interesting a few months ago.

March 1 is the qualifying deadline.

Thus far, the national Republican information machine is solidly behind Nunnelee, although a recent report in the nonpartisan Congressional Quarterly brought attention to “a little spat” on the GOP Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns” Program, which targets favorite candidates.

Daily Journal
2/14/10