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Endorsements and claims in governor’s race

A day of charges, countercharges, endorsements and counter endorsements in the campasigns of Gov. Tate Reeves and his Democratic challenger, Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. 

Both campaigns came out with endorsements Wednesday. Reeves has gotten the nod of the Mississippi Associated General Contractors.

“Gov. Reeves has led our state to the best economic shape we’ve ever been in,” said Mississippi AGC president Robert Pooley. “His record of cutting taxes, attracting new capital investment, and bringing high-paying jobs to our state has created the Mississippi Momentum we see today.”

Meanwhile, the Presley campaign announced an endorsement from former Mississippi Congressman Michael Parker, listed as a Republican but who at one time was a Democrat. 

“I’m proud to endorse Brandon Presley because we need more public servants like him who will roll up their sleeves and tackle Mississippi’s biggest challenges,” said Parker. “Brandon worked across party lines to deliver broadband, and as governor, he will work in a bipartisan way to tackle corruption and solve our state’s hospital crisis. Brandon Presley is pro-life, he’s a good man, and he’ll always look out for Mississippi.” 

Parker served as Congressman, first in the Democratic party, and then in the Republican party. He later served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army, with authority over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1999. 

In 2020, Parker endorsed Joe Biden for President, along with 26 other former Republican members of Congress.

Reeves’ refusal to expand Medicaid in Mississippi has led to Democrats using that in the campaign against him and was the focus of a “Save Our Hospitals” roundtable discussion Wednesday in Greenville with state Rep. John Hines Sr, along with local leaders and healthcare professionals from the Delta.

At the same time, the Governor’s office announced a major announcement regarding investment in hospitals would be coming during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 21 in Jackson. 

Presley’s camp has claimed Reeves’ position on Medicaid has led to hospital closings, layoffs at medical centers, or the refusal to provide care for financial reasons.  

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