Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley (D) will not run for the Senate.
In a statement, Presley said a bid would take him away from his responsibilities in the state, including expanding high-speed Internet access and natural gas in rural areas. (Twitter)
Top Democrats had courted Presley, who was held up as a top would-be recruit.
POLL. A Public Opinion Strategies (R) (IVR) survey taken for Sen. Roger Wicker (R) in Mississippi’s 3rd District (Jan. 15-16; 400 LVs; +/- 4.9%) shows Wicker leading state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), a potential candidate, 59 to 27 percent. The same poll also showed that Steve Bannon, who is pushing McDaniel to run, is viewed favorably by only 7 percent of these voters. (release)
DISAPPROVAL. Wicker was not a fan of Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-AZ) speech on the Senate floor where he lambasted the president’s treatment of the media, going as far as comparing his behavior to Stalin.
On Flake’s comments, Wicker said, “I don’t think that sort of speech is helpful. I disagree with those quotes and I don’t know why it’s helpful. … I don’t see any need to further stir that pot.” (Politico)