Today, John Rounsaville, candidate for the Republican nomination in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District, held a press conference where he revealed that his opponent, David Landrum, lied to the voters of Mississippi at a forum earlier this month.

At a candidate forum on February 11th in Noxapater, Mr. Landrum was asked by Scott Boyd, editor of the Macon Beacon about his $1,000 contribution to Ronnie Musgrove in the 2003 gubernatorial election. Mr. Landrum responded that he did indeed contribute to Mr. Musgrove’s campaign and that he voted for Haley Barbour.

That is simply not true.

David Landrum did not vote for Haley Barbour. He did not even bother to vote at all. In fact, records prove that Mr. Landrum has not voted in any election between November, 2000 and November, 2007.

In response to Mr. Landrum’s boldfaced deceit, John Rounsaville said today that,

“Our right to vote is one of our most cherished rights and responsibilities as American citizens. And for a candidate for Congress to have flagrantly and consistently failed to vote is not acceptable. And to then deceive voters and claim to have voted is even more troubling. If David Landrum couldn’t be bothered to vote in elections here in Mississippi, he has no business asking to be our vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Rounsaville continued,

“Our party deserves a nominee that has been unwavering in his principles, and consistent in his honesty. Our next Congressman will assume the seat of Chip Pickering and Sonny Montgomery, two leaders known for these traits.”

The Documents (Please see attached file):

1) Governor Ronnie Musgrove Campaign Finance Report, filed 1/9/04

a. Page 19 of that report, listing contribution from David Landrum

2) Statewide Election Management System Voter Profile Report for T. David Landrum

a. Provided by the Madison County Clerk’s Office on December 2, 2007

The Facts:

1) David Landrum contributed $1,000 to Governor Ronnie Musgrove on October 24, 2003. That was two weeks prior to the election against Haley Barbour.

2) During a Republican forum in Noxapater on February 11, 2008, Landrum was asked about his contribution to Governor Musgrove, and whom he voted for. He claimed to have voted for Haley Barbour.

a. “The most pointed question of the evening was directed at Landrum, who was asked about a campaign contribution he made to Democrat Ronnie Musgrove in his re-election bid for governor against Republican challenger Haley Barbour in 2003. Scott Boyd, the editor and publisher of The Beacon in Macon and one of the panelists, asked who Landrum voted for, which drew laughter from the audience. “Well, my vote is for Gov. Barbour,” Landrum said. Landrum acknowledged making the Musgrove donation at the request of friends and business associates interested in tort reform. Landrum said his political support had always been with Barbour and that he’d never asked anyone to vote for Musgrove. “My political support has always been with Gov. Haley Barbour,” he said.” (Ujifusa and Prince, Neshoba Democrat, 2/13/08)

3) David Landrum has been absent from the first two debates sponsored by Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government.

a. Debate 1: Southwest Mississippi Community College. Summit, MS. 2/13/08

b. Debate 2: Hinds Community College. Pearl, MS. 2/18/08

John Rounsaville Campaign Release
2/20/8