It's been quite a year in Mississippi politics. First, Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) left the Senate to become a lobbyist. Then, Rep. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) was elevated to his seat. Both Lott and Wicker are dedicated foes of fair trade, voting wrong on over a dozen pieces of legislation each.
Now, fair trader Travis Childers (D) has taken that open seat by a nearly ten point margin. As John Nichols reports, Childers campaigned heavily on a "no more NAFTAs" platform. He follows on the impressive net fair trade additions of Bill Foster (D-Ill.) and Don Cazayoux (D-La.).
Some of you may remember in Nov. 2006, how we tallied 30 net fair trade additions to House's membership. Well, it is with some excitement that I say we have now surpassed that to reach 31. How does the math work out? Well, 2 supposed fair traders flaked on us - Reps. Nick Lampson (D-Texas) and Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.). These two voted against fair trade on both the Peru FTA (Nov. 2007) and Fast Track cancellation (April 2008). In Mahoney's case, it was particularly bad, since he campaigned strongly against CAFTA in the seat left by Mark Foley, who occasionally voted with fair traders (on Fast Track, for instance). So the victories of Childers, Cazayoux and Foster bring us to 31.