BLOG — A political action committee with the goal of bringing Colonel Rebel back as the official mascot of Ole Miss got some positive news today when Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann certified an initiative to bring it to a potential public vote.Hosemann certified Initative 37 Tuesday morning after it was filed by Arthur Randallson, the Director of the Colonel Reb Political Action Committee, which has a post office box listed out of Southaven. Randallson and his followers seek to re-instate Colonel Rebel as the “official and sole mascot” of Ole Miss, according to a statement released by the group.
The next step for the group is to garner at least 100,000 signatures from registered voters in the state so that the initiative can appear on the 2012 Mississippi Presidential Election Ballot. The state requires that the signatures be evenly divided among the former map of five Mississippi’s congressional districts.
The statement released today states the agenda of the Colonel Reb Political Action Committee, which is not affiliated with the Colonel Reb Foundation, is to have a vote across the state that includes Colonel Reb as a choice for Ole Miss’ mascot. Colonel Reb was not on the ballot in the university’s replacement mascot election, conducted in October 2010, when “Rebel the Black Bear” was chosen as the new mascot and the group has been trying to get that changed ever since. (September 6, 2011)