Attorney General Jim Hood is considered the favorite for a Democratic nomination in the Governor’s race.
But today, the charismatic career prosecutor was questioned about an article in “Y’all Politics” which focused on a taxpayer-funded satellite office in Houston, Hood’s hometown. The office actually began to serve as his permanent place of work when the A.G. moved back to north Mississippi a number of years ago.
According to the article, the office cost more than $100,000 to run and maintain. That expense is counter to a letter sent from Hood to the Department of Finance and Administration in which he asks for permission to set up a satellite office and says that it was to be provided by his father at no expense. And no public monies would be used to make improvements.
At today’s formal announcement for Governor, Courtney Carter, a reporter for the political web publication asked for comment. Hood did not answer her. He did answer other reporters’ questions on the matter.
Hood says, “As far as that office space we have one on the coast, we’ve got one in North Mississippi, there are other elected officials that have offices in northeast Mississippi. It is just as important to our state as Jackson is and so yes, the taxpayer get their worth out of having offices in parts of the state they can go take care of business in.”
The crux of the issue centers on transparency, Hood has been a tireless advocate for transparency at the Capitol. And others at the news conference say he took issue with what he considers to be a ‘right leaning’ political news outlet.
A number of other state lawmakers also have offices around the state, though traditionally housed in offices owned or leased by the state.
“Y’all Politics” says the public record requests seeking more details as to the evolution of the office are pending.
When asked by WJTV about his plans should he win the Governor’s office, Hood said he will reside in Jackson.