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Challenger ticked off with GOP in Mississippi congressional race

By PAUL HAMPTON

jphampton@sunherald.com

Twitter: @jpaulhampton

There's trouble under the Big Tent in Mississippi.

The challenger in the GOP race for the 1st Congressional District seat has accused the Lafayette County GOP and inappropriate fundraising for and endorsement of incumbent Trent Kelly.

Paul Clever has a problem with a Jan. 21 fundraising event hosted by the Lafayette GOP, which Clever said was for the sole benefit of Kelly's re-election effort. A press release from Clever points to an ad on the Lafayette County GOP Facebook Page.  

Endorsement and activities such as this, Clever said in his release, are reserved for general elections due to the appearance of creating an unfair bias favoring one candidate over others within the same party.

"The LCGOP made no attempt to contact my campaign before this event or initiate any dialog after January 21," Clever wrote in his complaint. "This kind of bias between Republican Candidates by the Republican Party prior to a Republican Primary present a conflict with Mississippi GOP Charter and the inappropriate nature of this kind of event should have been known to the LCGOP as well as Rep. Trent Kelly."

Kelly won the seat in June after Rep. Alan Nunellee died.

 To read the complaint go here.

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