MLB Asks Cindy Hyde-Smith Campaign To Return $5,000 Donation

Hyde-Smith, who's running against Democrat Mike Espy, an African-American, in Tuesday's run off election, set off a firestorm of controversy earlier this month when her hanging comments were revealed.

Major League Baseball wants the campaign of Sen.

Espy is trying to become the first African-American to represent MS in the Senate since Reconstruction.

"I am honored to have President Trump's endorsement", she said as the two appeared at a chilly outdoor rally at the airport in the northeastern city of Tupelo, best known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley.

Trump returned Sunday evening from Florida, where he spent the Thanksgiving holiday at his Mar-a-Lago club.

"I guess you could juxtapose my experience with her experience", Espy told The Associated Press. The victor of the runoff gets the final two years of a term he started.

"Cindy Hyde-Smith will support President Trump's agenda, and President Trump's agenda includes a better America for all of us, every state, including MS", said Virginia Olander from Bay St. Louis.

Hyde-Smith was appointed as a temporary successor to longtime Republican senator Thad Cochran, who retired in April. Hyde-Smith said, referring to a supporter.

"If we win tomorrow, we'll be at 53-47 which is substantially more than we had", Trump said.

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are not going back", Espy told supporters, criticizing Hyde-Smith's apology for the hanging remarks.

Hyde-Smith's runoff election against Espy, a former congressman and USA agriculture secretary, has been far closer than expected thanks to a series of racial controversies, including a photo that emerged of Hyde-Smith wearing a replica hat of a Confederate soldier, and a video in which she said she'd be "on the front row" if invited to a public hanging.

"My approach is MS first", Espy said at last week's debate. Hyde-Smith served as a state senator from 2000 to 2012.

"MLB has requested that the contribution be returned, "ESPN reported".

Cindy Hyde-Smith is once again under fire for a race-related issue, after the Jackson Free Press in MS reported Friday that she graduated from a high school segregation academy.

Given how political donations work - you have to write a check to the campaign committee by name - there is no reasonable way to read this other than (a) MLB's lobbyists happily cut the check to Hyde-Smith not giving a rip about Hyde-Smith's controversial comments; and (b) the moment this hit the news they realized how big a deal it was to people and are now scrambling to control the damage.

The runoff between Hyde-Smith and Espy has drawn comparisons to last year's special election in which Democrat Doug Jones defeated the scandal-plagued Republican Roy Moore to fill Jeff Sessions' vacated seat.

She then noted "this comment was twisted and it was turned into a weapon to be used against me".

Hyde-Smith has also been caught on video making jokes about voter suppression.

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