Statement on The Flag Vote
When I ran for office five years ago, I spoke with many of the good folks across District 35. They let me know how important it was for them to have an opportunity to vote on the flag if it ever came up again.
I made a promise then, and stayed true to that promise this past weekend when it came up in the legislature. I am aware there are many in my district who were ready for the flag to change and many who were not. They were given the chance to vote on this issue 20 years ago, so I feel very strongly that the people should have had a chance to let their voice and vote be heard this time also. No matter the outcome, it would be decided by the 3 million people of our state and not by 174 politicians in Jackson.
Yes, we as a Legislative body were elected to make decisions and hard decisions at times and be a voice for our districts. We do that each time we are in session with many difficult bills and decisions to make on behalf of our districts. However, 20 years ago a precedent was set when the people were allowed to vote on the flag. The same should have happened this time. I want the people of my district to know I love you all. I am the same guy today I was five weeks ago and I will be the same guy in five more weeks. I am here for any of you if you need me for anything. I love my state, I love all its people, and all the good folks of District 35!! God Bless Mississippi!!!