How Cochran wins the run-off

The Senator should be the face of his campaign, telling the people of Mississippi that not only is he the most qualified, but he is hungry to continue serving and not a pawn of the Barbours, as his detractors have successfully but unjustly charged.

We have no doubt that Mr. Cochran feels the call to public service and is willing and capable, but voters need to hear it from him and see him.

Although no spry 40-something, his loyal supporters want to see him, no matter what insulting barbs about age are thrown from the other side.

Mr. Cochran will tell you he represents all three million Mississippians, not just a faction. His Washington is a lot like the Washington of the Founders where compromise was necessary.

Mr. Cochran is a Senator for all of us, while his opponent has sworn allegiance to out-of-state special interest groups like Club for Growth that together have gifted nearly $5 million.

Mr. Cochran stands for Mississippi. His opponent stands with a national political agenda – some of it such as reducing the $18 trillion national debt all fine and good.

Sen. Cochran has made certain that our industries, universities and local governments have received their fair share of federal funds, a part of the budget that if eliminated entirely wouldn’t come close to balancing the budget.

Sen. Cochran has been attacked for Katrina assistance. The Coast would be a desolate wasteland were it not for Sen. Thad Cochran, but a lot of voters down there forgot that Tuesday.

Sen. Cochran has produced for Mississippi consistently in three major areas:

1.) He fought to make sure Mississippi got its fair share of federal spending, whether for University Medical Center, our research universities (Ole Miss, Mississippi State, USM and Jackson State), our military facilities (Keesler AFB, NAS Meridian, Columbus AFB, the Sea Bee Base at Gulfport, the Army Corps of Engineers at Vicksburg and Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg), Stennis Space Center and our defense contractors like Ingalls Shipyard, Airbus in Columbus and many, many more.

2.) As we said, his leadership resulted in Mississippi having maximum flexibility in how to spend the special Katrina disaster assistance funds. That made money get to families and businesses faster and helped the Coast and other areas in South Mississippi recover more quickly and completely.

Further, the state’s excellent stewardship of federal dollars led to rave reviews by the federal General Accounting Office and the Inspectors General of federal departments. Our systems were termed “models” to be followed in future disasters.

3.) He understands agriculture and has fought for Mississippi’s farmers. It’s no secret Midwestern agriculture has different interests than Southern farmers, and the Midwest has had more votes in Congress than us. But Sen. Cochran fought hard to get us fair treatment, and he has done it very successfully.

Madison County Journal
6/4/14