Flanked by a green John Deere tractor on the right and a similar all-terrain vehicle on his left, former Republican candidate for governor Robert Foster announced his support for Bill Waller Jr., citing Medicaid and teacher pay, in the party’s primary runoff at a Tuesday morning press conference in DeSoto County. The Jackson Free Press broke the news yesterday that Foster, a Mississippi House representative, planned to endorse Waller.
In a video that WMC Actions News 5 reporter Brandon Richard uploaded to Twitter from the announcement in Hernando, Miss., Foster said he had “prayed quite a bit” about the endorsement and listened to input from his supporters. Some people had told him to sit this one out, he said.
“There are thousands and thousands of people out there in the State of Mississippi (who supported me in the election) trying to make up their decision on which way to go. And I wanted to give you just a little bit of insight as to why I decided, instead of sitting this out, that I’m going to support Justice Waller,” Foster said.
Ultimately, it came down to the issues. Foster said the state is last place in too many good things “for no reason at all.” “It’s because we have policies in place in Jackson that keep us in last place,” he said. “And there are some things that we can change in Mississippi.”
Foster was referring to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, whose role includes serving as president of the Mississippi Senate, giving him strong legislative powers and the ability to appoint committee chairmen and chairwomen, and block or prioritize legislation.
Waller told reporters that he was proud to have Foster’s endorsement because the young House representative “is going to be there for the future to help guide us.” He told Foster that he