TUPELO – U.S. Rep. Travis Childers told supporters Monday that North Mississippi voters will have a clear choice for Congress when they vote Nov. 2.
“You’ll have someone who has been an independent voice in Washington,” he said about himself.
“Or you will have someone who has turned his back on school teachers and school children – someone who has not supported the mentally ill every time he had an opportunity to help them,” Childers said in taking a jab at his Republican opponent, state Sen. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo, chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
The comments were directed to about 75 supporters at a fundraiser for Childers, who faces his first re-election challenge and earlier in the day was endorsed by the National Rifle Association.
“No one, especially Alan Nunnelee, is going to outwork Travis Childers in this campaign,” he told the gathering hosted by the state’s top elected Democrats.
Nunnelee spokesperson Morgan Baldwin later responded that Childers is “undoubtedly a little nervous” about running against his GOP challenger.
“It seems a little unusual for a sitting congressman to be attacking his opponent,” Baldwin said.