Incumbent Republican Gov. Haley Barbour is using his campaign war chest on television commercials that talk about his record on job creation, work force training and his leadership in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
When Barbour’s TV ads aren’t talking about those topics, the ads focus on reminding people that Democratic challenger John Arthur Eaves Jr. is a wealthy, successful personal injury lawyer who has taken cases for plaintiffs who sued the U.S. military or the federal government.
Eaves is spending a lot of money on television ads, too. In those ads, Eaves is using his commercials to talk about expanding public health care, school prayer and religious teaching in the public schools and about Barbour “serving” a group he calls “the moneychangers” both as a wealthy, successful Washington lobbyist and later as governor.