Gregg Harper, U.S. Representative for Mississippi’s 3rd congressional district, will not seek reelection in 2018, according to Democrat operative and gossip monger Sam R. Hall, who also blogs at the Clarion-Ledger.
Gregg Harper, along with Haley Barbour, are the two of the primary culprits behind pushing an ailing Thad Cochran into running for reelection in 2014.
Sam R. Hall announced Harper’s news in a news item posted by political blogger G. Pender on Hall’s little-followed Twitter timeline.
Hall, the former Mississippi Democrat Party Chair, took to Twitter to promulgate “insider gossip” he no doubt swallowed breathlessly while enjoying his unfettered access to Mississippi’s elected Republican royalty.
Harper, who has represented Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District since 2009, opened his announcement saying the following:
“As many of you know, our son Livingston, now 28 years old, has been a driving force in our lives. We have watched him, in spite of his special needs, overcome obstacles and succeed. Livingston, you are our inspiration!
“Our precious daughter, Maggie, who was in the 11th grade when we first ran for office in 2008, has been amazing and worked as hard as anyone I’ve ever seen. Now, we rejoice that she, and our son-in-law, Brett, are expecting their first child.”
Democrat Hall speculated in follow-up tweets about gossip on the street concerning Harper’s potential to succeed ailing senator Thad Cochran, whose health has been declining rapidly of late.
Democrat operative Sam R. Hall asserts that the likelihood that Harper would ascend to the Senate has diminished of late, but he failed to cite any solid evidence of this claim.
Democrat Hall then cited as evidence for that claim that Harper won’t succeed Cochran the exact messaging from Harper’s official statement — namely, that Harper has a developmentally disabled son (which he repeatedly used as a campaign piece) and that his daughter is expecting her first child.