Mississippi GOP candidate in hot water again over comments
STARKVEILLE, Miss. (WPMI) —
The GOP candidate in Mississippi's Senate run-off is finding herself in hot water.
The spokesman for Democratic challenger Mike Espy says Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith "embarrasses" Mississippi when she talks about making voting more difficult.
A video released Thursday shows Hyde-Smith talking about "liberal folks" and making it "just a little more difficult" for them to vote.
Espy campaign spokesman Danny Blanton says "voting rights were obtained through sweat and blood."
This comes after a video released Sunday showed Hyde-Smith praising a supporter by saying: "if he invited me to a public hanging, i'd be on the front row."
Critics said the comment had a racial connotation in the context of Mississippi's history of lynching.
Hyde-Smith said in a statement soon after the remark was posted that she "referred to accepting an invitation to a speaking engagement" and "used an exaggerated expression of regard."