Dem Senate Hopeful Tied to African Despot

A Democratic Senate hopeful in Mississippi cashed in $750,000 after lobbying on behalf of an African despot currently on trial for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

Mike Espy, a former lobbyist and U.S. agriculture secretary under President Bill Clinton, is running against Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed as a temporary successor to longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran after his retirement in April.

Neither Hyde-Smith nor Espy managed to break the required 50 percent of the vote last week, forcing a Nov. 27 runoff election which has largely been forgotten in the wake of Florida’s electoral aftermath chaos. Espy lost to the Republican by less than one point.

The Democrat endured little scrutiny thanks to all the focus on key states like Florida, while the state of Mississippi that hasn’t elected a Democratic senator since 1982 was ignored.