The race for Mississippi attorney general appears to be the only hotly contested statewide challenge. Republican Mike Hurst, a former prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, wants to unseat Jim Hood, a Democrat, who has held the job for 12 years. At a news conference in Jackson yesterday, Hurst continued to try to chip away at Hood’s credibility, accusing him of giving lucrative legal contracts to campaign contributors.
“My opponent handed out contingency fee contracts to lawyers and law firms that he paid over $65 million dollars. These lawyers and law firms then contributed to his campaign. He paid himself and his credit cards almost $210,000,” said Hurst….
….”Republicans tell me everyday they voted for me because they think I’ve done a good job. I’ve been honest. I’ve called balls and strikes. I don’t play politics and I protected their children and their parents,” said Hood.