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Jim Hood jabs at Tate Reeves at Hobnob, says ‘drain the swamp in Legislature’

Luke Ramseth, Mississippi Clarion Ledger Published 5:10 p.m. CT Nov. 1, 2018 | Updated 7:10 p.m. CT Nov. 1, 2018

(Photo: Photos by Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

Hobnob, the annual business and political get-together in Jackson, served Thursday as a last chance for U.S. Senate candidates to address a big crowd before next week’s election. 

But the most fiery speech came from a candidate for Mississippi governor — which isn’t on the ballot until next year. Democrat Jim Hood, the current attorney general, said despite the rosy picture the state’s Republican leadership paints, Mississippi’s economy, its number of jobs and employment rate, and its salaries, lag behind neighboring states and the rest of the nation. 

“Our economy is not moving,” he said. 

The candidate told the crowd of about 1,000 business leaders that he has received support from many of them — including Republicans — who quietly say they’ll support him for governor next year.

“The problem is, nobody’s got the guts to step out and lead,” Hood said. “…The fact is, we’ve got to drain the swamp in our Legislature.” 

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