Hurt suspends campaign for House District 1

Hurt, who faced four challengers in the Democratic bid for 1st District U.S. House Representatives, said poor health and a lucrative book deal prompted his decision.

Because it’s too late to remove his name from the March 11 election ballot, Hurt said he will participate in debates if they’re organized. But he urged people not to vote for him.

Instead, he’ll endorse another Democratic candidate he agrees with on issues like economic development and highway funding, “fair taxation,” universal health care and ending the war in Iraq. Hurt, who was the Democratic nominee in 2006 against then-incumbent Republican Roger Wicker, has started meeting with his former opponents, and he will select one to endorse next week with the help of his districtwide steering committee.

NE MS Daily Journal
2/14/8