Sunday, November 6, 2011

Rep. Brandon Jones' dad weighs in on Charles Busby's slime

Rep. Brandon Jones (D-Pascagoula) benefits from having one of the most highly-respected members of the Pascagoula community for his father. Charles Busby, an Alabama businessman running to oust Rep. Jones from the House, has unleashed some rather vicious lies about Rep. Jones as Busby sees the race slipping away.

That got under Rep. Jones' father's skin, and the elder Jones sent out an email response today taking the bark off of Busby for his slimeball tactics. Here it is:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your friendship and support over the years.

As you know, our son, Brandon, is running for reelection to continue to represent District 111 in the Mississippi House of Representatives. It has been wonderful to see many of you as we have campaigned across the district.

While much of the campaign has been exciting, Mary and I have been utterly appalled at the willingness of Brandon's opponent to assault the character of our son. Although Brandon told us months ago to be “prayed up” because he expected a ruthless campaign, he understated the negativity that has followed.

In one of the latest mail assaults, Brandon has been accused of not doing everything he can to protect Mississippi’s children. In a year of outrageous attacks, this may be the most outrageous one of them all. Brandon is the father of two children and I can assure you that he will do whatever it takes to protect his children and yours. He has been a champion for children throughout his time in the legislature, authoring laws to protect young people from internet predators and working to include children in Mississippi’s domestic violence statutes. In fact, the bill in question actually refers to a measure that Brandon spoke out against because ministers and doctors were concerned that it would have prevented them from counseling vulnerable young women in their time of need.

Although they have handled themselves beautifully in recent days, I know that these false attacks have hurt Laurie and Brandon and I am thankful that their impressionable children are too young to comprehend the lies being told about their wonderful father.

When Brandon ran for office, we were warned that his would be a tough and mine-filled journey. This campaign has been all of that and more. Even so, in recent days Brandon has demonstrated those characteristics that have made him such an effective leader in Jackson. Despite the negativity, Brandon has been campaigning hard, listening to voters, and trying to turn the conversation back to those things that inspired him to run in the first place like lowering insurance costs, protecting families, and creating jobs for Jackson County.

As a father, I’m angered and appalled at the irresponsible false attacks aimed at my son. As a constituent of House District 111, I am proud of our representative and more convinced than ever that he is the leader we need.

In these final days of the campaign, I urge you to talk to your friends and family about voting for Brandon on Tuesday. With your help, we can send a clear message that we want to keep honest and effective leadership working for us in Jackson.

Thank you for your time,

Ed Jones

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