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Politicians: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly; And Then There Is The Very Decent Gentleman

Thad Cochran – one of the best to ever serve Mississippi

For a man who was elected to the U.S.House of Representatives in 1972 and the U.S. Senate in 1978. Sen. Thad Cochran left quietly when he retired earlier this month. Cindy Hyde-Smith was appointed by Gov. Bryant to serve until the November 2018 special election. Headlines have been dominated by Cochran’s health, who Bryant would appoint to take Cochran’s place, what state Sen. Chris McDaniel would do, and the possible candidates in the special election. During almost 50 years of writing about Mississippi politics, I have met the good, the bad, and the ugly of the many politicians who have held or sought office in our state. There is no question Cochran has been and always will be one of my favorites.

I first met Cochran in 1972 when he, Trent Lott, and a college professor named Carl Butler were running for U.S. House seats and I was the state campaign manager for the very longshot, even hopeless campaign of Gil Carmichael who was opposing powerful Democrat James O. “Big Jim” Eastland. Carmichael was in the senate race because James Meredith was running as a Republican and Clarke Reed and other state leaders were  horrified Meredith might be the GOP nominee for the senate in November. The Meridian car dealer was put in the primary to defeat Meredith. One of the big events of the campaign was when then Vice President Spiro Agnew was coming to Mississippi to endorse the four congressional candidates. At the time, Agnew was even considerably more popular in Mississippi than President Richard Nixon. This was, of course, before

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Mississippian Fred LaRue Liked John Dean and Said He Was Telling the Truth About Nixon

Forty years ago this week Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States. A key figure in the Watergate scandal was Mississippian Fred LaRue. Another key figure in the eventual resignation of Nixon was former White House counsel John Dean. Dean’s testimony in June of 1973 before the Senate Watergate Committee was very important in downfall of Nixon. Dean’s new book, The Nixon Defense, What He Knew and When He Knew It, arrived on my desk two days ago. I look forward to reading it, and since I have more than 20 books about Watergate on my bookshelves, some have suggested that I am obsessed with Watergate. Probably a lot of truth in that.

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