Trent Lott, in 2006:
"I have chosen Mississippi and America once again...I am going to ask the people to re-elect me to another term in the United States Senate."
Today, Lott will announce he’s resigning from the Senate by the end of the year, with five years remaining in his term:
A Lott friend said part of the reason, and a factor in the timing, is a new lobbying regulation, signed by President Bush in September, extending the existing lobbying ban for former members of Congress from one to two years. The lobbying ban takes effect at the beginning of the year.
That’s right, the guy who stuck around the Senate after it was made clear that he cavorted with racists and who said the country "have had all these problems" if racist Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond had been elected President in 1948, is bailing out to make money.
Of course, he’s also bailing out in a manner that allows fellow partisan hack and current Republican governor of Mississippi Haley Barbour to appoint his successor so that person can accrue the benefits of a year of incumbency before having to run for election next November.
In 2001, George W. Bush was President, Dennis Hastert was the Speaker of the House, and Trent Lott was Senate Majority Leader. Today Bush is the most reviled President in modern memory, and Hastert and Lott won’t even deign to represent their constituents for a full Congressional term. Expect more than just
22 23 reasons to give thanks.
Trent Lott, in true GOP form, choosing partisanship and selfishness once again.
"Never was a Lott comprised of so little."