Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst has a proven record of prosecuting public corruption and corporate malfeasance.

His moral compass is such that he would prosecute one of his own school-age children if credible evidence were ever to be presented. We exaggerate, of course, because Hurst is an outstanding family man and they spent much of the summer campaigning together.

Hurst is a former U.S. Attorney only because he boldly resigned his job in February to launch a surprise challenge against Democrat Attorney General Jim Hood.

Hurst was lead attorney in the Department of Corrections prosecution that landed Chris Epps in prison. Epps pleaded guilty on the afternoon of Feb. 25, a Wednesday, and Hurst resigned and filed to run that Friday.

And he launched his campaign largely on faith and conviction without an anointing by anyone, except, perhaps the buy-in of his family.

This summer Hurst's campaign really began building momentum and leading Republicans realized he can win.

Hurst came out swinging at The Neshoba County Fair, challenging Hood to explain $250,000 in unitemized disbursements from his campaign account.

"Now, that might be reasonable, except those were not election years," Hurst said of the disbursements. "There was no significant campaign for him to run."

Hurst said the state's campaign finance laws mean nothing if "your entire campaign" can be paid for on a credit card and no one knows how the money was spent.

"Otherwise, there will be a shadow of corruption on the Office of Attorney General," he said. "The Office of Attorney General should be the gold standard of ethics and this looks very suspicious."

And a shadow of corruption there is, from snuggling up to Hollywood to fight Google, to Hood's contingency-fee practices.

The New York Times reported in March: "In no place has the contingency-fee practice flourished more than in Mississippi, where lawyers hired by Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, have collected $57.5 million in fees during the last two years...Mr. Hood has taken in $395,000 in campaign contributions from trial law firms over the last decade, more than any other attorney general.

"In one case, a senior partner at the Houston-based firm Bailey Peavy Bailey donated $125,000 to Mr. Hood after the firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state against Eli Lilly, the pharmaceutical company, litigation that in 2010 generated a $3.7 million payment to the outside lawyers."

Mike Hurst is above such fraud or even appearances of impropriety. He has proven he's committed to fighting real corruption in Mississippi without fear or favor.

On Nov. 3, vote Mike Hurst for Attorney General.