Miss. Democrats vent displeasure over GOP tax claims

Democratic bitterness over Republican campaign tactics in last year’s Mississippi legislative elections erupted Wednesday in a debate over an otherwise routine local bill.

Several Democrats said opponents sent mailers claiming they voted for a large number of tax increases, unfairly counting times they voted to raise or renew taxes requested by individual cities and counties.

“The very first mailer showed me in a little red convertible and talked about how many times I voted for taxes, and I could not figure out what it was talking about,” said Sherra Lane, D-Waynesboro, at times fighting back tears.

Clarion Ledger
2/8/12