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Jackson 11/01/07

Candidates Hobnob for Votes

By Jon Kalahar
jkalahar@wlbt.net

In the race for attorney general, incumbent Democrat Jim Hood is facing stiff competition from Republican challenger Al Hopkins. Mississippi will have a new insurance commissioner after George Dale was defeated in the primary.

Candidates from both races were on hand at the Agriculture and Forestry Museum Thursday for the Mississippi Economic Council's sixth-annual "Hobnob Mississippi."

"With your support, I'm going to be your next attorney general," said Hopkins to the crowd.

"There's only one trial lawyer in this race for attorney general, and he's a card-carrying member," said Hood.

So goes the battle to be attorney general. It's a back-and-forth between Hood and Hopkins, and it's a battle that has gotten a little heated.

"Any time you have some attorneys give an attorney general $195,000 to their campaign and turns around and gives them a $14 million contract where they just come in and negotiate something, I think that's totally wrong," said Hopkins.

In his almost four years on the job, Hood says his office has prosecuted cases in identity theft, fraud and cyber crime -- and in doing so, brought in $50 million for the general fund.

"My opponent has not tried any criminal cases," Hood said. "I've tried 100 jury trials. That's all I've been is a prosecutor. To run the attorney general's office you've got 50 investigators, 125 lawyers, (and) you've got to direct criminal investigations."

For the first time in 32 years, Mississippi will have a new insurance commissioner. Gary Anderson, a Democrat, was chief fiscal officer under Governor Ronnie Musgrove. He wants to lower insurance rates, create more fire protection in rural areas, and end insurance fraud.

"One of the first things I'm going to do is beef up the fraud and abuse unit so that we can ensure that this is a good marketplace," Anderson said.

Republican Mike Chaney has served the last 15 years in the state senate. He looks to rebuild the coast and create more competition in the state to lower rates for homeowners.

"Someone who will be a leader, who can work through the mess that we have today and bring competition to the marketplace that will lower rates, that will make insurance available to everyone in the state of Mississippi," said Chaney.

Hobnob Mississippi is organized by the Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi's chamber of commerce. The idea is for statewide candidates to promote their economic growth ideas to area business leaders.

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