Ad Fuels Fire Between Candidates

By: Jon Kalahar Email
By: Jon Kalahar Email

A recent campaign commercial has continued the "mudslinging" that has marked the race of Sen. Roger Wicker and former governor, Ronnie Musgrove.

The ad ties Musgrove to accepting campaign contributions from ultra-liberal groups, such as gay rights and abortion, and those involved in the Mississippi Beef Plant scandal.

But what effect might the ad have on voters?

It had been a quiet two weeks since Roger Wicker and Ronnie Musgrove met in their one and only debate, but a new Wicker campaign commercial has ended that.

The commercial associates Musgrove with three liberal groups through the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The DSCC has raised money to run commercials in Senate races across the country, including Mississippi.

"Whether it's directly or indirectly, Ronnie Musgrove has been happy to defend their commercials," said Ryan Annison of the Wicker campaign.

And records from the Federal Election Commission shows the Musgrove campaign has accepted over $100,000 from the DSCC, but no gay rights or pro-choice groups are named specifically.

"I've been pro-life my entire political career," said Musgrove. "When I go to Washington, I'll continue to be pro-life."

At A "Know the Candidates" event Thursday at Hinds Community College, reaction was split.

"I think it's a little disappointing that our politicians are focusing more on each other's mistakes than their own ability to lead," said Matt Matranga, a student at Hinds Community College.

"I'm kind of for it because it allows for the people to see things we probably wouldn't know about," said Marquissa Anderson, also a student at Hinds Community College.

Still, Musgrove calls the ad more of the same old Washington politics.

"Roger Wicker has learned the old adage. If you tell a lie long enough people will believe it," said Musgrove. "And I will not stand by and allow him to tell something that is completely untrue."

The Wicker campaign wants him to prove it.

"If he's so conservative, why are these liberal groups supporting him in the first place?" asked Annison.

The National Republican Senatorial Campaign has also run commercials on Wicker's behalf against Musgrove. But the NRSC has not contributed monetarily to his campaign as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign has done for Musgrove.

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