After my first two weeks as chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party, it’s never been more obvious to me that we are on the brink of a major political shift in our country and our state.

From Gov. Haley Barbour’s insistence on funding Medicaid by taxing the sick to skyrocketing gasoline and food prices that have strained family budgets, people all over this state have had enough. Mississippi voters want change.

Our party’s candidates and officials support providing adequate health care, including a Medicaid program funded by a tax on cigarettes and not on sick people. We support fully funding education because children are our future. We support reducing our dependence on foreign oil.

Rather than continuing the failed policies of President Bush, our candidates for president, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House have outlined how they will put our country and state back on track and improve the lives of everyone.

My hope and vision for the Mississippi Democratic Party are based on a set of simple, yet important, values my parents instilled in me while I grew up in the rural community of Mooreville in the northeast part of our state.

My parents worked long and hard for the last 47 years at the Day-Brite lighting factory. They taught me the value of a hard-earned dollar and an honest day’s work. They taught me honesty.

Our Democratic Party candidates and officeholders are honest, hard-working, sincere people. Each has a solid track record of dedicated, public service.
Hattiesburg American