Waide, immediate past president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, extinguished that speculation last week when he told the crowd at Farm Bureau’s annual meeting that he would not seek any office in 2011.
“I’m going back home,” Waide, who had served as Farm Bureau president since 1996, said of his farm in West Point. “After you’ve been gone from a place for 14 years, there’s a lot of work that needs doing. I have to finish getting my pastures in good shape and get my cross fences up and put new boundary fences up so when I do retire all together, my kids will have the land and the cattle herd they can supplement their income with.”
Waide said he made his decision to sit out Mississippi’s 2011 political races in early November.
“The pressures of a statewide campaign were just not something I could physically do with my own personal
farming situation and the fact my wife is struggling so with her parents’ health,” he said.
“I never could get the fire in my belly for any office. I got calls to run for everything except attorney general. When (former Northern District Transportation commissioner Bill) Minor died, my phone rang about running for highway commissioner. Nothing could excite me because I have made a statewide campaign for the Farm Bureau, and I know that’s not anything like what I would do for a state office campaign, as far as the physical presence you would have to have. I know how difficult that is, and I know that I was stepping down to try and protect my health over the next few years. I knew (embarking on a political campaign) would be jumping from the frying pan into the fire.”
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