‘Merica – Robert Gray was so busy working he didn’t even have time to vote for himself. He never spent a minute campaigning, and never spent a dime on his campaign. After his victory the Mississippi Democrat party, and Mississippi media, had no idea who he was, so they asked him to stop by the capitol for introduction.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The 46-year-old truck driver who won the Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor says he spent nothing on his campaign and knows nobody in politics. He didn’t even vote in the primary because he says he was busy.
Robert Gray can’t explain how he defeated the trial lawyer who was the favored candidate of the party establishment in Tuesday’s primary.
Gray, who has lived in the Jackson area most of his life, visited the state Capitol on Wednesday for what he said was the first time — and it was at the request of reporters trying to answer the biggest question in this Republican-dominated state: Who the heck is this guy?
“Everybody’s been trying to figure out who I am. I guess I’m a quiet person, by nature,” said Gray, who uses the CB handle “Silent Knight,” because, well, he’s not exactly chatty.
Democrats controlled Mississippi politics for decades, but they’ve been steamrolled in most governor’s races for a generation. Now, many longtime Democrats worry that Gray will simply be the next hapless victim of a well-funded Republican machine.
“Does anybody know or has anybody ever seen Democratic gubernatorial nominee Robert Gray?” Marty Wiseman, a Democratic-leaning retired political scientist, said on Facebook.
Wiseman questioned how someone who made few appearances could carry most counties and win a three-person primary without a runoff: “Something ain’t right about all this.” (read more)