He is supposed to be having news conferences later. A few words:
It's about time!!!
As a Mississippian, I've long been embarrassed that he continued to be elected year after year. Some of his comments have been ludicrous and frankly, stupid. The only thing I've supported him on has been his efforts to regulate the insurance industry.
Again, all I can say: It's about time!!
Update: It is official. He will resign at the end of the year. He said it was to be able to spend more time with his family. That may be part of the reason but it could just be the new rules that are to go into effect at the beginning of 2008. These new rules state that Senators cannot lobby Congress for two years after leaving office.
Senator Lott, when he first started his political career did act as though he cared for his constituents. When he first run for office, he would have barbecues which my parents took us to. But for the longest time, it seemed as though the only thing he was concerned about was his political ambitions. I for one am glad to see him go. There are many who say his leaving will be harmful to Mississippi because of his political clout. But since he made those statements at Strum Thurmond's party, he hasn't had that much clout. And the temper tantrum he throw after losing the Senate leadership did no one anyone any good. Lest of all himself.
There are others who are skeptical of his stated reason for leaving.