Bryant, Franks Running Hard to Nov. 6

By: Jon Kalahar Email
By: Jon Kalahar Email

In his most recent campaign commercial, Phil Bryant claims Jamie Franks represented drug dealers in his law practice. A second commercial claims Franks raised taxes on the deceased.

Franks says both are outright lies, and he shot back.

"He's got a staffer that's driving him around in Corinth that's arrested for possession in Union County and also has two charges he pleaded guilty to, to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. And Phil Bryant wants to say he's the candidate against crime," said Franks.

It's just the latest drama in the race for the Mississippi lieutenant governor's office. Bryant's campaign manager, Neil Forbes, calls this an attack from a desperate candidate.

"Only a desperate candidate would try to attack another candidate's staffers," said Forbes. "That is the lowest form of politics, and quite frankly, I think Mississippi deserves better."

WLBT did confirm the arrest of the Bryant staffer, Sam Henderson,
through the Union County Sheriff's Office. The Bryant campaign said it was just a misunderstanding and Henderson was acquitted of all charges.

But unlike the governor's race, Bryant and Franks have yet to debate each other face to face. And with a week left, it doesn't look like they will.

They have appeared together at least eight times across the state, however. Franks appeared at a luncheon at the Capitol Club in downtown Jackson. Bryant was also invited. But a scheduling conflict kept him from attending.

"I arranged my schedule in such a way that I said I would debate him anywhere, any time, any place, and I will still do that," said Franks. "We've got a week left."

"He's trying to accuse us of not debating him when he's turned down different debates we've offered him as well," said Forbes. "He's just trying to distract the voters away from the fact that he defends drug dealers."

And with only a few days left to election day, don't look for either candidate to slow down.

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