State chairmen civil as they tout their parties

The chairman of the state Democratic Party told his Republican counterpart Monday to be prepared for civil but fierce battles for the hearts and minds of Mississippi voters.

While acknowledging his state Democratic Party has been out-performed by the Republican Party in recent years, Chairman Rickey Cole said, “We have lost some. We have given some away. … But the free ride is just about over.”

Cole was directing his comments to Joe Nosef, state GOP chairman. The two spoke Monday at the Mississippi State University Stennis Institute of Government/Capitol press corps luncheon.

7/31/12