Steve Simpson says Hood issuing "lies" about his record

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - With 12 days to go until the Nov. 8 general election, Republican candidate for attorney general Steve Simpson is criticizing Democratic incumbent attorney general Jim Hood for what he calls "lies" coming from his campaign and is asking Hood to join him in a public debate.

Simpson campaigned in Hattiesburg Thursday and briefly visited with Forrest County supervisors.

He says he's disappointed with the direction of the Hood campaign and is inviting the attorney general to meet him for a public discussion of the issues. Hood recently accused Simpson of "abusing his office" over travel expenses when he was Mississippi's commissioner of public safety.

"These false and misleading, some of them just flat-out lies unfortunately, are just a distraction to keep from talking about the real issues," Simpson said. "He's chosen to run cartoonish, childish attack adds against me and my family. There's still time to do a debate and I extend that invitation again, but I'm not confident that he will come out and talk about real questions that Mississippians are concerned about," said Simpson.

Simpson's visit was his second to the Pine Belt this week.

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