Mississippi Senator Trent Lott will resign his seat by the end of the year, Michael Kunzelman and Jack Elliott, Jr. report for the Associated Press:
Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, announced Monday he will retire from the Senate before January, ending a 35-year career in Congress in which he rose to his party’s top Senate job only to lose it over a remark interpreted as support for segregation.
“It’s time for us to do something else,” Lott said, speaking for himself and his wife Tricia at a news conference.
Lott, 66, said he had notified President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Sunday about his plans. Barbour, a Republican, will name someone to temporarily replace Lott.
Read the rest at the link provided. It’s about time, and good riddance!
Lott is symbolic of the problems Republicans had in the majority in Congress: the insatiable appetite for pork, the determination to hide it from public view where possible, and the disdain for citizens who call for openness and frugality. He regularly deserted his conservative principles to make deals, and came to believe his power was some sort of God-given right instead of a sacred trust of the people.
Get lost, creep.