Jacinto Fourth Of July Festival Coverage

July 6, 2011

A hot fourth of July day wouldn’t dare stop families from attending the Jacinto Festival. The second largest political speaking event in Mississippi did not disappoint. There was plenty of food, fun and campaign signs as far as the eye could see. Oh, and as one could imagine, there were dozens of candidates who had something to say. So who was the BIG PLAYER of the day? Let’s talk about it.

I set out with a plan to have my wife and three children join me for a couple of hours to experience part of the day at this historic place known as Jacinto. In addition to having some family time together I knew we could cover some of the event as well and perhaps even get some interviews from candidates. The plan went well as I was able to hear several candidates from the Governor’s race and the State Treasurer’s race.


Upon arrival we eventually found parking about a half a mile away and as we walked among the crowds I could hear Johnny DuPree speaking. DuPree running as a Democrat Candidate for Governor began by saying all his life he has been told no and was told what he could not do. He talked about running for so many branches of office and loosing each one before finally winning to become Mayor of Hattiesburg. He spoke about his faith and being a strong supporter of jobs and education. However, at the end he spoke of how the people wanted to elect him so he could take care of them and he would do just that. It sounded like his solution was a Big Government but I’m reminded of Reagan’s quote; “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Democrat Bill Luckett spoke of how he created jobs in Clarksdale and had the experience to get things done. Republican James Broadwater spoke of being a fiscal and social conservative that would work to ban abortion in Ms. forever. Republican candidate Dave Dennis gave a compelling speech. Dave spoke of the fact that he has signed the back of checks, and how he knows about jobs and the economy. He spoke about being a social conservative who is for traditional marriage, is pro life, and pro gun. He also spoke critically of his opponent Lt. Governor Phil Bryant. Lt. Governor Bryant did not attend the event. Instead he attended a political rally in Lena, Ms. Ron Williams was scheduled to attend but had to make an emergency landing according to his field representative. That’s a wrap on the Governors race.

Lucien Smith

Then came the State Treasurer’s race. Three well spoken Republican candidates made their case to Mississippi voters. Lynn Fitch had a concise speech and touted her Huckabee endorsement. Lucien Smith brought his friendly smile and explained his credentials and somehow when talking to him you get the feeling he is a genuine guy that will do well in life at whatever he puts his hand to. Lee Yancey spoke with confidence and seemed to separate himself from the pack somewhat, both in message and in experience. Lee, a current State Senator spoke of his proven voting record as a social and fiscal conservative. Senator Yancey noted that he was the only person running for Treasurer who had a Securities License. Lee no doubt has the most creative campaign sign which simply has his smiling face with smiling supporters in the background.

Lee Yancey

Over seventy five political speakers had their chance. So who was the BIG PLAYER of the day?

The Mississippi Voter! You pick who wins!

Grant Sowell




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