MS governor to appoint a woman to Senate

Nellie Chapman
March 21, 2018

The New York Times reports that Gov. Phil Bryant, R-Miss., is expected to name state agriculture commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, a former Democratic state senator who became a Republican during the Tea Party wave in 2010, to serve as the interim USA senator from ms until a special election is held in November, following Cochran's retirement on April 1. Based on reports from various GOP sources in Mississippi, Newsmax predicted Bryant would turn to fourth-generation cattle farmer and former State Sen. If no one wins a majority November 6, a runoff would be November 27.

After serving 40 years in the U.S. Senate, Sen. That is the hometown of Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican who was first elected agriculture commissioner in 2011. She had a 12-year career as a state senator in District 39. She is the first woman to serve as agriculture commissioner in the largely rural state, and would be the first woman to represent MS in Congress. "In many instances, women tend to guide the human side of decision making and can patiently weigh all the circumstances".

Hyde-Smith, considered a strong conservative will replace Sen. "There are so many issues that concern farmers that they need a voice, a strong voice, and it doesn't matter whether that voice comes from a man or a woman, as long as it's honest".

Representatives for Bryant and Hyde-Smith did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Bryant, who like McDaniel benefited from substantial tea party backing, declared open war on his onetime ally after he switched races. Republican State Senator Chris McDaniel has already withdrawn from a primary race with Senator Roger Wicker and announced his intentions for Cochran's seat. Hyde-Smith is expected to be backed by the national and Mississippi GOP establishment as Republicans try to maintain their slim Senate majority. Several well known Democratic candidates are expected to run as well.

Bryant has said he was focused on naming someone who could hold the seat for years to come. A mild-mannered Southerner, Cochran came to the Senate when it had a far clubbier atmosphere and he played an insider's game throughout his seven terms - particularly as a member of the powerful Appropriations panel, which had always been a bipartisan powerhouse and way to funnel taxpayer dollars back home.

McDaniel is running on anti-establishment message and accusing Bryant of letting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or other GOP leaders in Washington pick the state's next senator.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has also been mentioned by Republicans close to the situation as a possibility for the Senate appointment.

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