In 2002, Pickering defeated Shows in the new district, which makes a diagonal from southwest to east central Mississippi, stretching from the Louisiana border up through the Jackson metro area and on to Noxubee and Oktibbeha counties.
Shows said he’s antsy to get back in Congress and might seek the seat again.
“Certainly I’m interested in it, but I got to think about it,” he said today.
“I’m looking at it very strongly. … I miss being there, but I’ve been pretty successful since leaving,” he said.
Shows said he’s been involved in lobbying and other business enterprises since his 2002 defeat to Pickering.
Former state Attorney General Mike Moore – a Democrat who ran for the U.S. House in 1989 – said he’s not interested in seeking Pickering’s seat, according to Jonathan Compretta, an associate in Moore’s law firm who’s campaign manager for current Attorney General Jim Hood.