FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 26, 2007
STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR
Regarding Senator Trent Lott’s resignation announcement
“Senator Lott’s decision to resign will result in a terrible loss for Mississippi and for the country.
Pursuant to Mississippi law, specifically § 23-15-855 (1), of the Mississippi Code, once the resignation takes effect, I will call a Special Election for United States Senator to be held on November 4, 2008, being the regular general election day for the 2008 congressional elections.
Further, within ten days of Senator Lott’s resignation’s taking effect, I will appoint a Senator to serve until the winner of the Special Election for United States Senator is elected and commissioned, as provided in § 23-15-855 (2) of the Mississippi Code. My goal is to appoint the best qualified person who can do the most for our state and country.
I will not be a candidate for Senator in the Special Election, and obviously, I won’t appoint myself to fill the vacancy on an interim basis.”