The key campaign staffer for appointed Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) has refused to clarify comments made about President Donald J. Trump while working for failed presidential candidate Marco Rubio in 2016.
“We have a strong grassroots team in Mississippi and our momentum is growing because voters are looking for a candidate to unite the party and defeat Hillary Clinton Donald Trump scammed hard-working Americans by taking their money for his phony Trump University, and he is scamming conservatives now by acting as if he is one of them,” said Jordan Russell, Hyde-Smith’s campaign manager. “Many Mississippians are seeing through his con artist act and are supporting Marco Rubio.”
Hyde-Smith is a former Democrat who changed parties in 2011 to run for statewide office in what is a deeply red state. She was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant to replace retired Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) earlier this year.
Sean Parker, billionaire founder of Napster, the online file sharing service, and early investor in Facebook, has donated $250,000 to the Victory Fund PAC, aimed at getting Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) elected, according to Pro Publica.
Parker was a large Hillary Clinton donor, too. According to the New York Times, he “gave nearly $300,000 to a joint fund-raising committee for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and dozens of state Democratic parties.”
Big League Politics reached out to Russell for comment on his anti-Trump stance, and though it was confirmed by a third party that he received the inquiry, he did not return the request.
Lack of responsiveness seems to be a theme of the Hyde-Smith campaign. A local news outlet reached out to her for eight days regarding a land sale, but received no response.
“The Daily Leader has attempted to contact Hyde-Smith for comment on her amendment since July 12. Emails, voicemails and text messages to her and her staff were not returned,” according to a Daily Leader article.
Hyde-Smith will square off with America First constitutional conservative State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Ellisville) and two Democrats in a special nonpartisan election on November 6.