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Speaker Gunn Under Fire For Private Dinner

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    House speaker Philip Gunn is under fire for hosting a private dinner at the state Capitol with top members of the Mississippi Republican Party.   

    We got a tip that the gathering was happening Monday night on the third floor in the speaker's office.

    We found out that the dinner guests included some of the founders of the Republican party, including businessmen Billy Mounger, Wirt Yerger and Billy Powell, who once headed the state GOP.

    Over the years, Mounger and Yerger have each donated at least $2,000 to Gunn's political campaigns.

   The speaker admitted he'd received donations from his dinner guests, but he insists the event was a get-together for friends.    

    Democrat Brandon Jones believes Gunn's private dinner is unseemly because it gives the impression that access to the speaker's office is for sale to the highest bidder.  

  According to a spokesman for the speaker, Gunn paid for the meal, which included shrimp and grits, fruit salad and creme brulee, with his own personal funds.


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