A Mississippi Populist Takes His Gubernatorial Campaign to Memphis
April 23, 2010 at 8:03AM
Local Democrats, who often lament the increasing number of their party brethren who seem to prefer cautious, even Republican-style rhetoric to the old-fashioned yellow-dog Democratic kind, should say hello to Bill Luckett. Luckett, a successful lawyer and businessman, is running for governor on the premise that the state should “help people, with hands up, not hands out.” He thought the recently enacted federal health-care bill had “flaws” but was something “we had to have.” He is determined to try to reverse an historically “disastrous” poverty rate, and is even willing to acknowledge that “we need some alternative revenue streams.”
Democrats who like that kind of talk (and there’s more where that came from) should take note, however: Luckett is indulging in it, not here in Tennessee, but south of the state line.