Thus far in the Mississippi Primary Campaign, which comes to its final conclusion on Tuesday, there seems to be a great deal of confusion among conservative voters across the state about who is and who is not the Establishment candidate in the race for State Auditor.
So let’s clear up the confusion really quick:
Stacey Pickering is the Establishment’s man in this race, regardless of personal feelings about his opponent. The Barbours are backing Pickering, which should be the measuring stick for determining Establishment membership. Austin Barbour is raising money for Pickering’s campaign. And it’s widely believed that Pickering is protecting the Barbours in his lofty position. Pickering, it might also be noted, chaired Mitt Romney’s campaign in Mississippi. You can’t get any more Establishment than that.
Mary Hawkins Butler does not have Establishment support. She is no longer in the esteemed “Inner Circle.” She has been ostracized by the Barbours, who, from rumors circulating around the state, did not want her to run against their boy Pickering.
So in the primary election on Tuesday, if one is voting along Establishment/Anti-Establishment lines, a vote AGAINST Stacey Pickering is the only vote against the Barbour Machine and business as usual.