Political Ad Source of Contention Between Candidates

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican, says an ad placed by his Democratic challenger isn't true. In it, John Eaves uses a dirty car to describe Barbour's financial connections to his former Washington lobbying firm.

Barbour's campaign has asked all Mississippi TV stations pull the ad.

"We didn't have a choice," said WTOK general manager, Tim Walker, on the decision to continue airing the spot.

Walker said political ads paid for by a candidate or his or her political committee must be aired.

Barbour told The Associated Press before he took office that he had established a blind trust to handle his personal finances while governor.

However, Eaves says Barbour needs to come clean about the assets held in his trust for the past four years.

Barbour's camp takes issue with several parts of the ad. First, the claim that Barbour has clients other than the people of Mississippi; second, that he is receiving money from sources other than his blind trust.

Barbour says Eaves quoted an inaccurate article and made it the basis for his ad.

No Mississippi TV station has taken the spot in question off the air.


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  • by arnold Location: Philadelphia, Ms. on Sep 30, 2007 at 07:05 PM
    It's so good to have someone like Mr. Eaves to provide the people of Mississippi with the truth.Gov. Barber should apolige to the people of east Ms. for killing the four laneing of Highway 19.
  • by Jonathan Location: Philadelphia on Sep 30, 2007 at 01:51 PM
    I agree with "N." I refuse to vote for anyone who feels that they have to sling mud in order to win. Run on the issues, not what you can dig up about the personal life of your opponent. Mr. Eaves is a very poor candidate. I can't say that I will vote for Mr. Barbour either, however. At this rate, I may write in "Tobe Gill." (those around Philadelphia know who I'm talking about)
  • by Marcellous Location: Meridian on Sep 29, 2007 at 08:28 PM
    If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen
  • by anonymous on Sep 29, 2007 at 02:44 PM
    Well I'm sure one could find plenty of unsavory info on Mr. Eaves also.
  • by Barbara Location: Collinsville, MS on Sep 28, 2007 at 08:28 PM
    There must be some truth to it or Mr. Eaves wouldn't go on public television with an ad giving the information! Mr. Barbour wouldn't go from living the life style of a millionaire to only drawing the salary Miss. pays him per year. Keep digging John Arthur, tell the truth. God bless.
  • by N Location: Newton County on Sep 28, 2007 at 08:04 PM
    I personally have no respect for Mr. Eaves because of the mud slinging he has started. He should make sure he has his facts straight before he starts making accusations.
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