MICHAEL NEWSOM: Auditor Stacey Pickering is at a political crossroads

Word around the campfire is Pickering, a Republican, will seek U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s seat if Cochran doesn’t run in 2014. Lots of other folks would jump in that race too, as Cochran’s seat was last open in 1978, two years before I was even born.

Pickering will attend a fund-raiser at the Ocean Springs home of local GOP politico and consultant Joe Cloyd. Organizers are expecting several hundred people to show up and pay the $200 attendance fee, or cough up donations of up to $5,000, which could yield as much as $100,000 for the candidate.

The host committee listed on the invitation has many familiar names — Southern District Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz, State Rep. Casey Eure, R-Biloxi, Harrison County Supervisor Windy Swetman, and others. There’s also Victor Mavar, Alwyn and Jeanne Luckey, Frank Genzer, Jerry and Joann St. Pé and William Yates, among others. Pickering may wind up being considered a “South Mississippi” candidate and he appears to be establishing a strong Coast network.

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