Mississippi Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith attacks the “liberal media” over a report that she attended a segregated academy (‘seg academy’) during the 1970s to avoid integration and later sent her daughter to a similar school.
The Jackson Free Press reports Hyde-Smith attended the Lawrence County Academy, which opened in Monticello, located 60 miles south of Jackson, in 1970. Hyde-Smith sent her daughter to Brookhaven Academy, another segregated school, located in nearby Lincoln County.
Hyde-Smith’s campaign chose to attack the newspaper instead of addressing the issue of why she was sent to a segregated school.
“In their latest attempt to help Mike Espy, the gotcha liberal media has taken leave of their senses. They have stooped to a new low, attacking her entire family and trying to destroy her personally instead of focusing on the clear differences on the issues between Cindy Hyde-Smith and her far-left opponent,” Hyde-Smith’s campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan said in the statement.
This “seg academy” report comes after Hyde-Smith’s comments about sitting in the “front row at a public hanging” and joking about suppressing liberal voters. Wal-Mart was among several companies requesting refunds for their campaign contributions in the wake of her comments.
Many believe Hyde-Smith’s comments weren’t errors but a deliberate attempt to remind voters in Mississippi that her opponent Mike Espy is black.