Childers Blames Loss On National MoodBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 02 Nov 2010 11:36am |
It was expected to be a close race, but the contest for Mississippi’s first district seat wasn’t close at all. MPB’s Jeffrey Hess files this report from the Travis Childers campaign in Booneville.
The party started quietly for Travis Childers supporters who gathered Tuesday night at the student union at the Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Cautious hope turned quickly to disappointment when the race went to Alan Nunnelee.
Childers felt like his loss was not about him.
“We always tried to keep it about north Mississippi. Not for political reasons, it was about north Mississippi, it still is we me. But I understand the great mighty wave,” Childers said.
At his victory rally, Nunnelee stressed that he thinks this election was about national issues.
“The voters of the United State agree with us. Tonight, we reclaim our country,” Nunnalee said to resounding applause.
Childers tried to separate himself from national candidates by casting himself as an independent force.
“I thought Americans wanted folks who would work across the aisle. But maybe they want, maybe they like this extremism and partisanship,” Childers said.
Childers supporters like Paul Mayo think Childers got unfairly blamed for national issues.
“But I think he would have had a much better chance if the economy had been better. I think he got blamed for a lot of stuff that he had nothing to do with, that happened before he got there,” Mayo explained.
Supporter Robert Garrett also puts some of the blame on democratic disinterest.
“Because people didn’t get out and do what they are supposed to do. That is the only reason. If he didn’t win, people didn’t get out and what they are supposed to do,” Garrett said.
During his concession speech, the crowd called for Childers to make a run at the governor’s mansion.
“I consider myself a public servant at heart. But I also have an occupation. I am a realtor, and appraiser. But I don’t know what the future holds,” Childers said.
Childers promised to call Nunnelee to congratulate him and make his transition to Washington easy.
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