November 20, 2018

FACT CHECK: Mike Espy Has Always Been a Bipartisan Advocate for Mississippi

By working with both parties, Mike Espy was the only freshman in his congressional class who was able to pass significant legislation — like steering significant infrastructure funding to Mississippi. Check the facts for yourself:

Mike Espy Endorsed Republican Gov. Haley Barbour For Reelection In 2007 Because He Believed He Was Best Equipped To Help The State Recover From Hurricane Katrina. “Espy: ‘I’m a Democrat, but I’m a Democrat that will reach across the aisle. I got a lot of talk from the left about me voting for (former Republican Gov. Haley Barbour). I explained why: We were coming out of Hurricane Katrina and nobody was better equipped to help us coming out of Katrina.’” [Clarion Ledger, 10/25/18]

Mike Espy Was The Only Freshman In His Congressional Class Who Was Able To Pass Significant Legislation When His Lower Mississippi Delta Development Act Was Signed Into Law By President Reagan. “In his first term in Congress, Espy was the only freshman member to compose and have passed a major piece of legislation, the Lower Mississippi River Valley Delta Development Act.” [Congressional and Political Research Center, Mississippi State University, accessed 11/18/18]

The Lower Mississippi Delta Development Act And Its Successor Have Distributed $163 Million To The Region And Created Or Retained 26,000 Jobs. “In 2000, then-President Bill Clinton, signed a bill creating the Delta Regional Authority, a successor to the Lower Mississippi Delta Development Act, which Clinton had been a member of as governor of Arkansas. Since then, the authority has distributed $163 million to the region and created or retained 26,000 jobs, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.” [Mississippi Today, 8/7/18] Espy: “I’ll Work With Anyone, I’ll Work With Any President, I’ll Work With Any Party As Long As The Objective Is Doing Something That Helps Our People.” “In 1986, Espy became the first African-American congressman elected from Mississippi since Reconstruction. He portrayed himself as a politician in the mode of Cochran — someone who would reach across partisan lines, negotiate hard but respectfully behind closed doors, and always put Mississippi’s interests first. ‘I’ll work with anyone, I’ll work with any president, I’ll work with any party as long as the objective is doing something that helps our people,’ he said.” [Greenwood Commonwealth, 7/18/18]