Candidates for Lt. Governor Speak at Neshoba County Fair

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The only Democrat in the race to become lieutenant governor in Mississippi has told a crowd at the Neshoba County Fair that he will be independent and stand up for the values of Mississippians.

Rep. Jamie Franks, of Mooreville, told a crowd of about 1,200 people Wednesday that he thinks Gov. Haley Barbour is a good man. Franks went on to say that Barbour is right sometimes, and sometimes he's wrong.

The two Republican candidates for lieutenant governor told the crowd that they would be strong allies for Gov. Barbour.

Sen. Charlie Ross and state Auditor Phil Bryant, both of Brandon, are competing for the Republican nomination for the state's second highest elected position.

Ross told the fair crowd that his decade of experience in the Senate will be an advantage if he becomes the chamber's presiding officer, a duty the lieutenant governor holds.

Bryant, speaking moments later, said he has often heard his opponent talk about getting bills passed at the Capitol but that nothing is done alone in the Mississippi Legislature.

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