State Republican patriarch Gil Carmichael dead at 88

Mississippi Republican patriarch Gil Carmichael, twice the GOP nominee for governor, a former transportation adviser to President George H.W. Bush and successful businessman has passed away at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian.

He was 88…

…Carmichael, a successful car dealer and real estate developer, was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1972 against veteran Democrat James O. Eastland. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1975 and 1979 against Democratic nominees Cliff Finch and William Winter. His final race was in 1983 against Democratic Lieutenant Gov. Brad Dye.

“Gil Carmichael inspired a generation of Republicans in 1975 when he became a force in Mississippi politics,” Gov. Phil Bryant said Sunday night. “I was one of them. He was a mentor and a friend and he will be missed.”