Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pierce: Things are still getting worse for the Democratic party in Mississippi

Excerpt from article by Esquire's Charles P Pierce on the election of Mississippi Democrat governor candidate Robert Gray. [The Unknown Trucker Candidate of Mississippi].

As hard as it is to believe, things are still getting worse for the Democratic party in Mississippi, which apparently got completely wrong-footed by political shenanigans only one small step above, "Hey, look! Squirrels!"

  • "I'm calling every political consultant, anthropologist and witch doctor in the Southeast to help me understand what happened yesterday," said Brandon Jones, director of the Mississippi Democratic Trust. "… Anybody who offers a clear-cut formula for yesterday is probably a little ahead of their skis right now." Political science professor and longtime observer of state politics Marty Wiseman said, "It's the freakiest thing I've ever seen. … It's a low point for the Democratic Party, which doesn't need any more low points. You'd like to think it's a perfectly pulled off conspiracy by the Republicans, but that's too far a stretch."
  • Terry truck driver and first-time candidate Robert Gray, who goes by "Silent Knight" as his CB handle, carried 79 of 82 counties in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. He pulled more than 147,000 votes, or 51 percent, to presumed frontrunner Vicki Slater's 87,000 votes, or 30 percent, in a three-way race.