In Legal

I Will Fight for Mississippi

As Attorney General, I would’ve fought against the imposition of Obamacare mandates which had they gone into effect would’ve increased Mississippi’s budget well over a billion dollars and would’ve resulted in draconian cuts to education, transportation, corrections and public safety and I would’ve fought against the federal government’s attempt to continue its control over our elections.  In each instance, our current Attorney General was on the losing side and worked against the interests of our citizens.

As Attorney General not only will I fight against attempts by the federal government to impose mandates on our state and our citizens and to erode our constitutional rights, I will vigorously defend the laws of our state, including laws seeking to protect our gun rights, religious freedoms and the rights of the unborn.

In Economy , Legal

Economic Development and Lawsuit Abuse

Economic development is directly negatively affected by lawsuit abuse. Our Attorney General, through hand-picked out-of-state trial lawyer friends, has filed hundreds of lawsuits against companies all over the county and has paid his friends millions of dollars in sweetheart contingency contracts. This legislation by litigation must stop. Public policy of the state is determined through the legislative process and not by the unilateral whims of one person.  The Attorney General is the lawyer for the state, not the lawyer and the client and this virtually unchecked barrage of litigation against companies is killing our economy. What reasonable company faced with yet another out-of-state trial lawyer contingency fee lawsuit approved by our Attorney General is going to locate their corporate headquarters or invest capital in research and development and/or manufacturing facilities in our state which will then create good jobs for our people.  This lawsuit abuse is the leading deterrent to good solid economic development. And while with the passage of tort reform we essentially eliminated private lawsuit abuse, public lawsuit abuse remains unchecked.  Rather than being constantly on the lookout for someone to sue, our Attorney General should work with our state elected officials to resolve issues and help bring these companies and the jobs they represent to Mississippi.  To stop this continued lawsuit abuse, our next Attorney General must lead the way and should respect this role in state government.

Unauthorized Expenditure of Public Funds

The Office of the Mississippi Attorney General has a history of circumventing the legislative appropriation process and using settlement money from the virtually limitless lawsuits filed by that office to fund pet programs without legislative enactment.  Years ago, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that the Attorney General improperly directed unappropriated public funds for The Partnership. Unfortunately, this abuse of power appears to be happening again.  The Attorney General and the State Treasurer have together attempted to divert, without legislative authority, settlement funds to yet another unauthorized pet program, Financial Literacy. Regardless of the merits of either pet program, our elected officials have to follow the law when it comes to spending taxpayers’ money. Our next Attorney General must end this cycle of abuse.