Friday, January 20, 2012

"This is not the jobs plan Republicans promised us"

The following is from the Mississippi House Democratic Caucus this morning:

Jackson, MS- As House lawmakers near completion of the third week of the 2012 legislative session, Rep. Earle Banks (D-Jackson) has offered a bleak assessment of Republican leadership to date. While committees are yet to consider the first general bill of the session, the Management Committee last week hired an aide to Speaker Philip Gunn for $110,000 a year.

Banks said, “Instead of working on bills to put Mississippians back to work, Republicans have spent $110,000 of taxpayer money on a political operative.” Banks added, “This is not the jobs plan that Republicans promised us during last year’s elections.”

Banks noted, “For the amount of taxpayer money Republicans have spent hiring an ad man, we could have hired three new teachers, paid for a year of tuition for nineteen college students or added at least two new highway patrolmen.”

Nathan Wells, a current partner at Winning Edge Communications and former employee of the Mississippi Republican Party, will be paid $110,000 per year as an aide to the Speaker. During 2011, Mr. Wells played an integral role in the distribution of negative and misleading attack ads on behalf of Republican House candidates.

According to his company’s website:

“Nathan Wells has been directly involved in well over 50 political campaigns. He has adapted his experiences from politics in to successful campaign strategy for all kinds of clients. He has worked with national organizations, financial firms, and restaurants to develop the image and strategy they need to be successful.

Nathan developed his public communication skills as Political Director of the Mississippi Republican Party and later as a statewide campaign manager. His approach is hands on, and he believes that teamwork and clear communication is the key to any successful program.

Nathan is best known for combining old-fashioned grassroots organization and modern campaign communications to any client’s needs, whether political or business.”

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PRESS NOTES:

A Forward PAC campaign expenditure to Winning Edge Communictations may be viewed at the following:
http://www.sos.ms.gov/CampaignFinanceWebScans/Forward%20Mississippi%20PAC%20(October%2010%202011%20Periodic%20Report)%20October%2011%202011.pdf


Philip Gunn campaign expenditure to Nathan Wells may be viewed at the following:
http://www.sos.ms.gov/CampaignFinanceWebScans/Phillip%20Gunn%20(2010%20Annual%20Report)%20January%2031%202011.pdf

Rep. Charles Busby expenditures to Winning Edge Communications may be viewed at the following:
http://www.sos.ms.gov/CampaignFinanceWebScans/Charles%20H.%20Busby%20(November%201%202011%20PreElection%20Report)%20November%201%202011.pdf

Republican candidate Dorothy Wilcox expenditures to Winning Edge Communications may be viewed at the following:
http://www.sos.ms.gov/CampaignFinanceWebScans/Friends%20of%20Dorothy%20Wilcox%20(November%201%202011%20PreElection%20Report)%20October%2031%202011.pdf

Winning Edge homepage: http://winningedgellc.com/

2 comments:

billy b said...

Boy-Howdy, Lordy-me, did I just read where the House Democratic Caucus finally issued a statement concerning what has been going on for the last 3 weeks under Speaker Gunn's leadership, all while the payroll and expense meter has been running on the poor MS taxpayer? And what apparently has been going on is basically nothing, until of course committee chairmanships were named this morning? Finally, the party out of power, the Democrats, have stepped-up to the plate and taken a swing, acting like the check-and-balance that we are suppose to get from our elected leaders in government! I say congratulations to the House Caucus for pointing-out the failings of House leadership, 'bout time!

Ya know, taking this long into a legislative session to even name any committee chairs makes one wonder if Speaker Gunn might have had major problems between November and this past week even knowing, "for sure", if he had the Speakers job sewn-up number 1, and if he had over-promised assignments within his own caucus, number 2, and was sorting through the fallout.

pinebelt said...

The real dollar figure is greater. with the retirement and social security match together with benefits it is probbly a lot closer to $l40,000.00