Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is running for lieutenant governor, he announced Wednesday morning.
"Hi, it's Delbert, ma'am," Hosemann said, looking directly at the camera in a campaign video published to Facebook shortly after 9 a.m. "When you hired me, I promised you I'd make it easier to run and start a business in Mississippi."
On the Gallo Show on SuperTalk radio, Hosemann said he was proud of his work on business law, his acquisition last year of 18,000 acres in the Delta for public use, an insurance reform bill that required insurers to cover autism treatment, and for working to implement a "fair and constitutional voter ID" law. He also touted the 2016 acquisition of more of Cat Island, which was reacquired more than 200 years after Mississippi relinquished it.
"I just had my seventh grandchild four days ago, and to hold that little baby and ... I thought where is little Howard going to grow up?" Hosemann said on the radio show. "How is his state going to be? Is he going to have the same things he had?"
The Republican leader said he plans to make his campaign stops in Columbus, Tupelo and parts of DeSoto County today. He will travel to Meridian, Hattiesburg and the Gulf Coast on Thursday, and to the Delta and Southwest Mississippi Friday.
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Hosemann, who has been secretary of state since 2008, announced that he would not run for secretary of state again at the Neshoba County Fair last August. Gallo asked why he chose to run for lieutenant governor instead of governor.
In some states, the lieutenant governor is sometimes jokingly referred to as a "spare tire," and the position is mostly ceremonial. Not so in Mississippi.
"You have to look at the rules of the game here," Hosemann told Gallo. "In