AARP political forums remain set with or without Pickering
By By William F. West / community editor
Sept. 4, 2002
A state AARP leader says his organization plans to hold a series of political forums for the 3rd Congressional District contest with or without U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering.
Pickering's campaign manager Henry Barbour said last week that his candidate is talking with the AARP about its five planned debates. Barbour said no one had agreed to the debates.
Pickering, a Republican who represents the 3rd Congressional District, meets U.S. Rep. Ronnie Shows, a Democrat who represents the 4th District, in the Nov. 5 general election.
The two incumbents were placed in the same district when Mississippi lost one of its five congressional seats.
Walter Howell, AARP's associate state director, said a Pickering campaign representative on Friday proposed a single forum in Natchez, already scheduled for Sept. 21, plus a televised evening forum broadcast throughout the district.
Howell said the AARP plans to continue to hold all five forums in the district Sept. 21 in Natchez, Sept. 28 in Pearl, Oct. 5 in Meridian, Oct. 19 in Brookhaven and Oct. 26 in Starkville. The AARP will have an empty chair if Pickering doesn't show.