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Minority Whip Lott To Resign By Year’s End

From a deeply gladdened Associated Press:

Lott to resign by end of year

By JACK ELLIOTT JR., Associated Press Writer

JACKSON, Miss. – Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, plans to resign his seat by the end of the year, congressional and Bush administration officials said Monday.

Lott, 66, scheduled two news conferences in Pascagoula and Jackson later in the day to reveal his plans. According to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement, Lott intends to resign effective at the end of the year.

No reason for Lott’s resignation was given, but according to a congressional official, there is nothing amiss with Lott’s health. The senator has “other opportunities” he plans to pursue, the official said, without elaborating. Lott was re-elected to a fourth Senate term in 2006.

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, who helped broker a bipartisan immigration bill that went down to defeat this year despite President Bush’s support for it, will run to replace Lott as the Republicans’ vote-counting whip, said spokesman Ryan Patmintra…

Lott becomes the sixth Senate Republican this year to announce retirement. Democrats effectively hold a 51-49 majority in the chamber, including two independents who align themselves with Democrats.

His retirement means that Republicans will have to defend 23 seats in next year’s election, while Democrats have only 12 seats at stake…

Lott’s seat is likely to remain Republican. GOP Rep. Chip Pickering of Mississippi, a former Lott aide who recently announced his retirement from the House, is widely seen as a potential successor. Aides to Pickering said he would withhold comment until after Lott’s news conference…

Can anyone honestly say they will miss Trent Lott?

Like most politicians, it’s hard to see any real good he has ever done.

To my mind the only time Mr. Lott was ever even slightly sympathetic was when the Democrats were trying to lynch him for some innocent remark or other.

But can one say “lynch” or even “minority whip” these days?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 26th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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