Harris Calls News Conference, Refuses Questions

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

A candidate for Mississippi House District 82, Meridian Ward 5 city councilman John Harris, called a news conference Monday, sort of. He didn't actually answer any questions from the media, however.

Harris contacted Newscenter 11 to let us know he would challenge fellow candidate Wilbert Jones to a public debate regarding morality and integrity.

Then during a press conference at the Lauderdale County Courthouse Annex Monday afternoon, Harris refused to answer any questions or even open the floor for questions. So we don't know the motivation for the challenge.

Jones is the candidate the Charles Young, Sr., family endorsed for the House seat. Young held the post for 29 years until his death Apr. 29.

At the news conference, Harris read a few sentences from a press release stating that his wife and Wilbert Jones are both employed at Greater Meridian Health Clinic and said he would not be the victim of rumors and fear tactics. He refused to elaborate on the alleged rumors or tactics.

Also in the release, Harris said he will not publicly address issues regarding his wife or children, but he did. In the press release, Harris said if any of his constituents have any questions about his divorce, he would make available a sworn deposition. Harris said, "My divorce is not a campaign issue."

(Reporter following Harris as he walks away)"Does this conclude the press conference? Sir, does this conclude the press conference? So, you are not allowing any questions? Because I just wanted to know the purpose of this?

"Get my signs up please," said Harris to Charlotte Scott, a campaign worker.

(Reporter)"Because I just wanted to know the purpose of your press conference."

"Thank you all," Harris said.

Wilbert Jones spoke with Newscenter 11 by phone and said he would not dignify this with a response. Jones said he will not debate Harris. He says he is focused on economic growth and rallying support for our education system.

Harris later said via e-mail that, “I am disappointed that Mr. Jones has declined my challenge for a debate."

Harris and Jones are just two of the candidates who qualified to run for the House District 82 seat.

As of the qualifying deadline, Roscoe Jones, Sr., Bill Marcy, and Robert Barfield, Sr., have also tossed their hats in the ring for the seat.


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  • by My Redeemer Lives Location: On Earth on May 20, 2009 at 05:07 PM
    Rev. Harris overcome evil with GOOD, God is with you! Love covers a multitude of sin!
  • by Anonymous on May 16, 2009 at 06:52 AM
    To anonymous may 15 3:15 if you have to many issues your own self then why are you POSTING A COMMENT ON THIS WEBSITE ANYWAY!Face it you just wanting to get you comment in in support of John otherwise you wouldn't be on here.
  • by Anonymous on May 15, 2009 at 07:52 PM
    Look Mr. Harris life was put on front street for all of us to see. In fact I didn't no a Mr. Harris or even was concerned about a Mr. Harris until that fool pulled a stupid move like that botch press conference. Now if I was on tv being stupid then how could i expect to get angry if people start belittling me for stupid things. IT'S CALLED BEING IN THE PUBLIC EYE YOU IDIOTS!
  • by Anonymous on May 15, 2009 at 01:19 PM
    how many people on this blog ever lived in the home of mr and mrs harris?thats what i thought. just like they havent lived in yours.but you have. think about whats in your own life folks.stay out of other people lives.
  • by Anonymous on May 15, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT THERE COULD BE A RELATIONSHIP HELPING HANDS.I THINK WE NEED TO SWEEP AROUND OUR OWN FRONT DOORS.I KNOW THAT I HAVE TOO MANY ISSUES MY SELF THAN TO WORRY ABOUT MR HARRIS AND HIS WIFE ISSUES. HECK ITS ALL ABOUT PEOPLE WANTING A POLITICAL POSITION BAD ENOUGH TO TRY TO HURT SOMEONE ELSE. HATEFUL,EVIL SPIRITED FOLKS ARE A DIME A DOZEN.CHURCH FOLKS ARE THE ONLY SOLDIERS THAT KILL THEIR WOUNDED. THATS THE SAD THING.THE JOBS DONT PAY THAT MUCH, SO HE CANNT BE CONCERNED ABOUT GETTING RICH. HELL IF I WAS MR HARRIS I WOULDNT BE CONCERNED ABOUT A PUBLIC SERVICE POSITION THAT MAKES ME A WALKING TARGET. BUT ON SECOND THOUGHTS I WOULD NOT LET THE PRESSURE OF THIS ISSUE PUSH ME OUT.I WOULD TRUST IN THE GOODNESS OF THE PEOPLE TO MAKE THE CHOICE ON THEIR VOTE. JMO
  • by Terese Location: Meridian on May 15, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    I wish Wilbert Jones success in his campaign! He is a known leader and has kept The Greater Meridian Health Clinic in operation despite the economic downfall. My hat is off to Mr. Wilbert Jones.
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2009 at 09:01 PM
    keep it going.i love it.
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2009 at 07:48 PM
    when it come to the polls on election day people let's stand up and be heard NO JOHN HARRIS!
  • by Sarah Location: Meridian on May 14, 2009 at 05:29 PM
    John Harris is a fool that continues to hang himself. This man called a press conference, read some statements about his wife and Mr. Jones working together and then stated his divorce was not a campaign issue. What? That in itself is confusing. Then he doesn't answer questions...but calls a press conference. Then I hear he gets banded from WMOX for trying to bash his wife. Are you running for an elected office or for a gossip talk show host? Are you campaigning or mickey mousing around and trying to create issues to draw attention to yourself? It's attention alright...but not the kind most normal people wouldn't want...cause all this is negative. It's obvious Mr. Harris is confused and is showing strange behaviors...and likes to act a fool on TV. But I think his sidekick Charolette put him up to do this. She feeds him every word to say. I remember in that online interview they posted about his MUW mess...she was right there with him...you could see him looking at her, then she speaks
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2009 at 01:31 PM
    to "b" if we was calling press conference all up in the pubic eye then you to could pull all our skeletons out of the closet. But unfortuate mr. "b" we're not sooooo as long as your idiotic friend keep opening his mouth we will continue to cast stone at him like YALL say
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