Candidates pick up law-enforcement endorsements - - Jackson, MS

Jackson, MS 10/28/08

Candidates pick up law-enforcement endorsements

By David Kenney - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - U.S. Senate candidate and former Mississippi governor Ronnie Musgrove is adding well-known Mississippi law enforcement figures to his list of supporters.

Musgrove held a news conference Tuesday morning at the State Capitol to announce an endorsement by Hinds County Sheriff and Jackson Police Chief Malcolm McMillin.

Musgrove says he will fight for funding in Washington to give local law enforcement the tools to keep crime rates down.

"I will work to make sure our law enforcement community get important federal funding in the U.S. Senate," Musgrove said. "Our officers must receive the pay and the benefits they deserve, as well as the resources they need."

"People know our sheriffs," he continued. "They have confidence in them. They know they can go to them when things are in trouble in the local community. Knowing that they're behind me we'll give a strong statement to people all across Mississippi. I will put the security of our community first."

Musgrove claims he reduced crime by 5% while governor. But his Republican opponent, Roger Wicker, says Musgrove actually cut spending on crime fighting while governor.

"Senator Wicker's been endorsed by the head of the Sheriffs' Association as well as many sheriffs around the state," said Wicker campaign spokesman Ryan Annison. "He has always been a friend to law enforcement from his time in Congress. He's helped get them lots of federal funding for state and local agencies so we can fight crime here in Mississippi."

"When Ronnie Musgrove was governor," Annison continued, "the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics' budget was cut by nearly 40 percent. The Drug Enforcement Administration said that methamphetamine crimes exploded. And Ronnie Musgrove's priority was to appoint someone who had no prior law enforcement experience to be the head of MBN, and that was Frank Melton."

Musgrove has also been endorsed by Forrest County Sheriff Billy McGee. Sheriff McMillin was unable to attend Tuesday's news conference due to an illness.

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