Health problems unlikely to hurt Nunnelee re-election bid

Nunnelee in good position

JACKSON, Miss. — Republican U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee is likely to make few campaign appearances in north Mississippi this fall as he recovers from brain surgery and a stroke.

The limited schedule, however, probably won’t jeopardize the chances of a third term for the congressman from Tupelo.

Nunnelee’s Democratic challenger, Ron Dickey of Horn Lake, has never held public office, has raised only $6,000 in campaign cash, is working his way out of bankruptcy and is still trying to shake criticism from Special Forces veterans who say Dickey misrepresented his own military service by falsely claiming to be a “Green Beret Veteran of Desert Storm.”

And there’s this inconvenient fact: The chairman of Mississippi Democratic Party, Rickey Cole, has publicly called on Dickey to drop out of the race.

Commercial Appeal
8/27/14