Mexican truck issue enters Mississippi race

| 8/18/2003

Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove recently said he’s been focused on schools and good jobs, but his opponent, former Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour, “has spent 20 years in Washington, DC, putting special interests first,” The Associated Press reported.

Among those interests, Musgrove said, is a Barbour lobbying effort on behalf of the Mexican government to implement provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Musgrove said NAFTA had cost Mississippi 41,000 jobs, many in the beleaguered textile industry.

Barbour acknowledged his firm had a $35,000-a-month contract with the Mexican government starting in 2001 to lobby on several issues, including talks about Mexican trucks crossing into the United States.