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Leaders Discuss Future of Miss. Party Politics

By Daniel Cherry | Published 31 Oct 2012 06:37pm | comments
Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef (left) and Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole (right) discuss the future of their parties at the MEC Hobnob
The November 6th general election is less than a week away and Mississippi Democrats and Republicans are hopeful their candidate will win big. But MPB's Daniel Cherry reports leaders are also looking at how their party will compete in state politics for years to come.
 
Speaking to hundreds yesterday at the Mississippi Economic Council's annual Hobnob business luncheon, the chairmen of the Mississippi Democratic and Republican parties spoke about the future of their organizations. Republicans, after nearly a century of being the underdog, took control of state politics last year. Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef says his party has no plans of easing up.
 
"One thing that we're not going to do is be overconfident. Ten years ago we had one out of 8, if you count the Speaker of the House, one out of 9 statewide offices. Now we have 8 out of 9. We could go back to 1 out of 9 in a few years. I understand that."
 
Democrats are adjusting to their new role as the minority in Mississippi. Democratic Party Chairman, Rickey Cole admits, his party let their guard down.
 
"We're improving. We have a long way to go. We neglected our base. We neglected our organization. We neglected our grassroots..."
 
But Cole vows for Democrats to return to their roots and put up a strong fight.
 
"We've done it. We've done it with Jim Hood. It happened last year with the Personhood amendment. The voters are there, we just have to have to organize, and mobilize, and educate."
 
Cole says they're starting by building organizations in every voting precinct in Mississippi. Republican Chairman Joe Nosef says his party is enjoying their success, but there's still work to be done.
 
"We know the Democratic Party is a strong party and they're going to work themselves back, and so the way we keep it up is support our officials while they're governing and then get ready and have a good infrastructure in place when it's time to campaign again."
 
Nosef expects a strong Romney win in Mississippi, but Cole says he's not writing off the state for Obama until all votes are counted.

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Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef (left) and Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole (right) discuss the future of their parties at the MEC Hobnob


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