10/10/2012 6:00:00 AM Crowd packs senior citizens center for county's Republican banquet
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann speaks to a packed crowd during the Neshoba County Republican Banquet Thursday. The fundraiser was held in the senior citizens center.
By STEVEN THOMAS Staff Reporter
The principles of the party and what it means to be a Republican highlighted Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's remarks at the Neshoba County Republican Banquet Thursday night.
Hosemann was one of several political speakers for an evening, which featured comical entertainment from Bob Breland and a meal provided by James and Linda Waltman.
The Secretary of State told the crowd, which packed the senior citizens center, to always remember who they are and who they want to serve.
"When we start to talk about who we are as Republicans, we need to remember we believe in certain key things," he said, citing the right to bear arms, affordable healthcare and fair elections.
"We're fighting for voter ID," he said.
Hosemann said the Mississippi Republican Party is fighting to establish a voter identification system in Mississippi, noting that the Justice Department recently sent a list of provisions that he called "totally unrealistic."
"They're not going to approve our voter Id and we'll end up in trial," he said.
The Secretary of State also cited the importance of limited government and the strength of small business.
"We don't have all of the answers in Jackson, most of the answers come from you," he said. "That's why it's so important to remember your principles."
In closing, Hosemann listed four reasons why he ran for office: his four grandchildren.
"Four sets of eyes that are looking to the future, looking to what we'll build in the State of Mississippi," he said.
The banquet also featured remarks from Rep. C. Scott Bounds of District 44, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, District 18 State Sen. Giles Ward and Congressman Gregg Harper.
Harper spoke on how well the party was doing in light of the recent presidential debate.
He told the crowd he liked vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, a man, he said, brought "youthful exuberance" to the election.
Sen. Ward spoke on how members should always remember to represent God in the party.
Quoting Joshua 24:15, Ward said, "But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."
Speaker Gunn spoke on his belief that Mississippians want to follow the Republican way.
"We've been spouting for some time in the Mississippi House to move Mississippi in what we think is the direction most Mississippians want to go," he said. "And that is the conservative direction, conservative ideals, conservative values, limited government, personal responsibility, freedom in your life, freedom to pursue the job you want and freedom to worship how you want."
Rep. Bounds spoke about his decision to move from the Democrat to the Republican Party in 2010.
He also announced that Ward 1 Alderman Joe Tullos and Ward 2 Alderman Roy White would both be running for the position of Mayor of Philadelphia as Republicans.