RELEASE:

BELOW ARE EXCERPTS OF REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATE MIKE HURST’S ELECTION NIGHT REMARKS:

Thank you all.

Mississippians have spoken. I love my state and so I respect its decision and am so very thankful that we live in a state and a country where we can and do elect our leaders.

I’ve just called Jim Hood and congratulated him on his re-election. I have never doubted the sincerity of his love for Mississippi. We just differed in our opinions as to how to best serve her. Mississippi is first in both of our hearts, and I wish him well over the next 4 years as attorney general.

First, I give all thanks and glory to God for the calling, the journey and the experience. As I’ve told many of you, the impetus of my run involved lot of prayer and culminated in my Bible devotion appearing two days before the qualifying deadline. It was entitled “The Destitution of Service” and it talked about loving and serving God by loving and serving others.

Celeste and I firmly believe that we were called to this crazy idea of running for attorney general, which involved quitting my dream job of being a federal prosecutor, become unemployed for 8 months, and running for Attorney General against a 12 year incumbent. We have tried to run with perseverance the race marked out for us, and although it didn’t turn out the way we wanted, we have been comforted from the very beginning because we always knew that God’s perfect will would be done. And we and our family are the better for it.

God calls us to be faithful and obedient, but never promises the outcome that we may prefer. We have tried to be faithful and obedient, and to honor Him and be role models for our children. But you can never do something like this alone.

First, I want to thank the absolute love of my life, she asked me not to say this because it is politically incorrect, but she is my smoking hot wife, Celeste Hurst. She isn’t just my highschool sweetheart, but my Jr. High sweetheart, as I’ve been in love with her since the day I first laid eyes on her in 8th grade. She has been by my side through thick-and-thin, she rights my wrongs and keeps me balanced and on the straight and narrow. She is and has done everything a husband and partner could ever ask for and I am eternally grateful.

My kids – Anna Reagan, Amelia, Asa and Ainsley – y’all have been more than troopers, you’ve been warriors, shaking hands, looking folks in the eyes, introducing yourselves and making your mom and dad awfully proud. While Celeste and I have been gone a lot during the last 8 months, you guys have stepped up, really matured and kept things going at home and at school. I am so very proud of you….

We have run a good race, we have fought a good fight, and we have kept the faith. While temporarily we are saddened by the outcome, we are excited about Mississippi’s future. We are excited because we have been blessed over the last 8 months to travel all around the state, meet folks from all walks of life and experiences, and witnessed the true spirit of MS. That spirit of hospitality, of love, and of service.

I tell folks all the time — it’s not all about the destination, but the journey. This journey throughout our great state has been an eye-opening and awe-inspiring experience which gives me hope for our future and the great things that we will achieve for our country and our world.

While I would have loved to have been given the opportunity to be your attorney general, Mississippi’s attorney general, and to have accomplished real, positive change for our great state and our people, I will find other ways to do so. And, I would encourage you to do the same.

My hope is that after tonight we all do not simply go back to our same old ways of doing things, but instead we get out of our comfort zones, look for ways or areas where we can do more to serve others, and make a positive impact in our communities and in our state.

My hope is also that all we Mississippians would come together, live together, work together, and pray together. I believe in Mississippi, I believe in Mississippians. I would not be standing on this stage if I did not. We have so much to do and so much to accomplish and I promise to do and continue to do everything in my power to make sure Mississippi is the best state in these great United States of America. Thank you again for the opportunity and God Bless Mississippi and the USA.

11/3/15