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The Name Game, Blame Game; First-time Office Seeker wants Treasurer’s Job

JACKSON, Miss. – A Ridgeland attorney has announced a Republican primary challenge to state Treasurer Lynn Fitch.

David McRae, 34, is a political new comer who worked in TV and film in California before returning to law school in Mississippi in 2007.  “I am alarmed and outraged at the corruption in our state government,” McRae said.  “We need a reformer from outside government to come in and clean up this mess.  We have to root out the waste, fraud and abuse and start protecting Mississippi taxpayers.”

Fitch, who was elected in 2011, said she is proud of her record. “Early in my term, we refinanced the state debt and saved Mississippi $33 million.  I released the state’s first Debt Affordability Study and piloted the Treasurer’s Education About Money (TEAM) initiative.  The decisions I make affect the long-term fiscal health of the state and I will continue to make fiscally conservative decisions on behalf of Mississippians,” she said in a statement to News Mississippi.

McRae is part of the family that founded the former McRae’s department stores in Mississippi, but said he will pay for his campaign with his own money.

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