The MS Hospital Association, currently in the midst of the state’s budget controversy over Medicaid, also had a run in with MS GOP Chair Brad White.

Apparently, the Hospital Association had a meeting and invited representatives from the MS GOP and the MS Democrat Party. MHA agreed to make a $1000 contribution to each PAC for the appearance from their respective representatives.

Sam Hall confirmed and showed. Brad White initially confirmed, but then cancelled a couple of weeks before the meeting and did not cite a reason for his cancellation. The MHA apparently did not take too kindly to that. Not only did the MHA send the GOP’s $1000 to the Dems, but their chief lobbyist also sent letters to each Republican member of the MS House.

Brad White fired back.

Here is the letter exchange.

From: Brad White [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2009 1:49 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Steve Dickson
Importance: High

All:

Attached you will find a letter I received from Ms. Shannon Coker of the Hospital Association inviting me to speak at the MHAPAC’s breakfast on June 25th. Unfortunately, two weeks ago I had to cancel my appearance at this meeting. Yesterday, I received a note from Mr. Steve Dickson along with a copy of a letter he sent to each of the House Republicans. These letters are also attached. Why Senate Republicans were left off I am not sure.

After receiving Mr. Dickson’s letters I felt compelled to respond. My response is attached. A hard copy of this correspondence has been placed in the mail to you this morning.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I think this pretty much speaks for itself.

Thanks,
Brad

It’s definitely worth a read.