Waide: No decision about running for election
Magnolia Marketplace just returned from Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office, where the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation delivered 119,251 signatures of registered voters who oppose using eminent domain for private economic development projects.
The issue will very likely be on the ballot in 2011.
Lots of media were there for the ceremony, including our favorite reporter ever, Bert Case of Jackson television station WLBT.
Case asked Hosemann if he would run for re-election next year, or seek a higher office. The rumor mill has been churning for some time now over that very question.
“Are you addressing that to David?” Hosemann retorted, with a hearty laugh. “I think we’ll stay on eminent domain today.”
Afterward, Magnolia Marketplace asked Waide if he had made a decision about next year’s elections. He too has been the subject of a lot of speculation. He will step down from Farm Bureau Dec. 6.
“I’m President of Mississippi Farm Bureau,” Waide said. “I asked the people in ’96 to elect me, and I promised them I’d serve my term. I’m stepping down Dec. 6, but I actually have not made a decision. I don’t anticipate announcing prior to my leaving office.”
So has Waide not made a decision about whether to run, or has he not made a decision about which office he’s going to seek?
“I have not made a decision about whether I’m running or not,” he said.
So there you go.