Following the Governor’s appointment of Commissioner of Agriculture, Cindy Hyde-Smith to the position of U.S. Senator, however, to keep the seat she will have to win the election in November. Sid Salter, who serves as the Chief Communications Officer at Mississippi State University said he believes Hyde-Smith may have an advantage over her competitors. Salter cited an “impeccable source” saying that Hyde-Smith would be given seats on appropriations and agriculture starting day one.
“If that’s true, having a Mississippi senator with a seat on appropriations and agriculture, and particularly one who’s got the track record in agriculture, it obviously gives commissioner Hyde-Smith a pretty substantial leg up,” Salter said.
News Mississippi followed up with Commissioner Hyde-Smith asking about the potential appointments to the Senate appropriations and agriculture committees.
“That would be my dream positions,” Hyde-Smith said. “I assure you, you would see a very big smile on my face. None of that is finalized yet, but I feel really good about it.”