Gregg Harper, U.S. Representative for Mississippi’s 3rd congressional district, will not seek reelection in 2018, according to Democrat operative and gossip monger Sam R. Hall, who also blogs at the Clarion-Ledger.
Gregg Harper, along with Haley Barbour, are the two of the primary culprits behind pushing an ailing Thad Cochran into running for reelection in 2014.
Sam R. Hall announced Harper’s news in a news item posted by political blogger G. Pender on Hall’s little-followed Twitter timeline.
Hall, the former Mississippi Democrat Party Chair, took to Twitter to promulgate “insider gossip” he no doubt swallowed breathlessly while enjoying his unfettered access to Mississippi’s elected Republican royalty.
Harper, who has represented Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District since 2009, opened his announcement saying the following:
“As many of you know, our son Livingston, now 28 years old, has been a driving force in our lives. We have watched him, in spite of his special needs, overcome obstacles and succeed. Livingston, you are our inspiration!
“Our precious daughter, Maggie, who was in the 11th grade when we first ran for office in 2008, has been amazing and worked as hard as anyone I’ve ever seen. Now, we rejoice that she, and our son-in-law, Brett, are expecting their first child.”
Democrat Hall speculated in follow-up tweets about gossip on the street concerning Harper’s potential to succeed ailing senator Thad Cochran, whose health has been declining rapidly of late.
Democrat operative Sam R. Hall asserts that the likelihood that Harper would ascend to the Senate has diminished of late, but he failed to cite any solid evidence of this claim.
Democrat Hall then cited as evidence for that claim that Harper won’t succeed Cochran the exact messaging from Harper’s official statement — namely, that Harper has a developmentally disabled son (which he repeatedly used as a campaign piece) and that his daughter is expecting her first child.
Despite his furious blogging and tweeting, former Democrat Party Chair Sam R. Hall concedes that a Democrat victory in Mississippi’s third congressional district is unlikely.
Harper’s announcement doesn’t necessarily mean he’s done campaigning, however.
Vital for a 61-year-old, Harper has the better part of $1 million dollars campaign cash on hand, according to recent FEC reports.
It is also worth noting Harper has qualified for his Congressional pension, so Harper and his family will be well taken care of by the American taxpayer for the rest of his life, so if Harper runs for the U.S. Senate will likely not be a function of needing a job, but of performing his role as defender of Haley Barbour’s feudal plantation that is Mississippi’s economy.
Whether or not Harper runs for the soon-to-be-vacant Cochran seat, one still gets the sense that Democrat Hall will be happy to support whichever candidate Haley Barbour gives him access to.