Politics did not seem to be a concern for Attorney General Jim Hood when he announced late last month he was moving his family home to Chickasaw County and would make a relatively small office on the Houston square his base of operation as the state’s top attorney.
Hood acknowledged that his political enemies might try to make hay out of the fact that he would be working primarily out of an office in Houston in a building owned by his father.
He said that he was moving because he missed the small-town atmosphere of his hometown and because it was best for his family. He said the Attorney General’s office would not suffer. He would still be in Jackson on a regular basis and with modern communications there is no reason he could not run the Jackson office from Northeast Mississippi.
Mississippi’s only statewide elected Democrat said his father was giving him and the state the office rent-free.
Still, within hours of Hood’s announcement becoming public, political operatives were sending out information about state law 7-5-17. That particular code section states, “The attorney general shall be assigned an office at the capitol and shall keep the same open Monday through Friday for not less than eight hours each day. He and his assistants shall be there for business during said hours with the exception of such time when the attorney general or his assistants may be required to conduct the state’s business at other locations.”