Career Swamp Creature Lucien Smith is reported to be on the short list to chair Mississippi’s Republican Party, according to a publication based in Jackson.
Why did Lucien Smith Delete Every. Single. Tweet from June 2013 and January 2016?
What’s he hiding?
Yes, it is possible Lucien never tweeted between June 25 2013 and Jan 20 2016.
But it’s not likely. The man has spent vast swaths of time using Twitter and other media to curate his public persona, from extensive online CVs, to drafting glowing press announcements for each of his stops along the Yazoo-Jackson Gravy Train.
And Lucien is ambitious. He ran for state treasurer in 2011 when he was barely 30 years old.
The obvious likelihood is that Lucien Smith has entirely scrubbed his account of anything he tweeted in support of that Cochran during the 2014 Cochran McDaniel election.
There is little doubt Lucien Smith also deleted any tweet sounding remotely anti-Trump or Cruz as well, or, alternatively, in support of any of the other Kasich/Jeb MS GOP presidential picks du jour.
There is only this tidbit of a tweet (still not deleted as of press time) in which Lucien implies he shares anti-Trump sentiment possessed of so many in MS GOP leadership:
- Foreign Lobbyist Haley Barbour’s lead in-house counsel
- Oversaw Crony Deal-Making Mississippi Development Authority
- Gov. Phil Bryant’s former chief of staff
- Advised Governor Barbour on state budget and fiscal issues.
- Lobbyist at Balch & Bingham LLP
- State Republican Executive Committee
- Treasurer, Mississippi Republican Party
- B.A., Harvard University
- J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
With a “clean” record like this, it could well turn out that Lucien Smith is Haley Barbour’s and Mississippi’s version of Barack Obama.
What’s Next for Nosef?
Embattled former Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef resigned “abruptly” yesterday, according to a paper on the coast, but Nosef’s resignation was not so abrupt — it had been coming for years.
Anyone who was vertical (or not on Thad’s campaign bus) in 2014 will remember that Joe Nosef famously, and in contraversion to MSGOP rules, cavorted around with social justice reporters on MSNBC in his effort to torpedo the Tea Party and Chris McDaniel’s challenge to the already-declining-in-mental-health Sen. Cochran.
And in the middle of the 2016 presidential primary, Nosef threatened to remove Donald Trump and Ted Cruz delegates from the state party’s convention using “a gun and a badge.”
With the 2018 election cycle looming and another endless series of opportunities for Nosef to put his foot in his mouth, it probably is wise for Joe to step aside and let the next party apparatchik take a stab at carrying water for the Barbour regime.
There is little doubt MS GOP poobahs wanted to rid themselves of their dirty little Nosef problem. He should be thankful they were kind enough to let him resign rather than be expelled.
Perhaps the honest life of billing hours back at Watkins & Eager will do Joe some good.