Jim Hood seeking re-election

Attorney General Jim Hood told the Stennis Institute-Capitol Press Corps luncheon on Monday that at this point he plans to seek re-election in 2015.

Hood said life happens and he has decisions to make regarding his children and family, but re-election is “my plan at this point.”

Hood addressed the two-dozen people crowd at the Capital Club in Jackson covering topics of cybercrime, Google and intellectual property theft, domestic violence, guns and America’s future.

Hood said he wasn’t sure about the transition from district attorney (where he could hug the neck of a victim) to attorney general, but the challenge brought to his office by internet related crimes has made it fun. The sole statewide elected Democrat said he likes to find ways “how the government can work to help people.”

He said while “earmark” has become a dirty word, his cybercrime unit used to investigate and prosecute child pornographers got early funding through the work of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran as Appropriations Chairman and funding partnerships with Mississippi State and the University of Mississippi.

Brian Perry