From The New York Times:
PASCAGOULA, Miss., Nov. 26 — Senator Trent Lott’s announcement on Monday that he would resign in a few weeks added to the growing Republican exodus from Congress, but may have strengthened Mr. Lott’s post-Senate job prospects.
By retiring before the end of the year, Mr. Lott, the 66-year-old minority whip and Mississippi dealmaker who fell from power with a remark touching on segregation but then bounced back, avoids new rules forcing senators to wait two years before lobbying former colleagues.
Still, Mr. Lott insisted Monday that he was not ending his 35-year career in Congress because of the rules, pointing instead to “financial commitments” made before Hurricane Katrina, a desire to “do something else” and other reasons
Oops! So sorry! I was just checking my birth certificate to check and see if I was born yesterday. As it turns out, I was, so I completely accept that
Senator Helmet Hair Senator Lott quitting before the end of the year is just a big coincidence and has nothing to do with the new rules!
Mr. Lott is the sixth Republican senator to announce his retirement, and one of the more practiced ones.
His party is the presumptive favorite to retain the seat next year in this deeply Republican state. But in next year’s elections, Republicans must now defend 23 Senate seats, and Democrats only 12. Seventeen Republicans and five Democrats are giving up their House seats.
James A. Thurber, director of the Center for Presidential and Congressional Studies at American University, said there was no question in his mind that Mr. Lott’s decision had been influenced by the new ethics and lobbying rules. Senators who retire this year have to wait only one year before lobbying their former colleagues, instead of the two years that go into effect in 2008.
“The new two-year cooling off period is encouraging people who have been around for a long time, especially in the minority, to leave,” Mr. Thurber said. “They know that the golden window of opportunity is immediate.”
Oh, pooh, Mr. Thurber!
Senator Helmet Hair Senator Lott wouldn’t lie to us!
Mr. Lott, responding to questions about why he was stepping down so soon after his 2006 re-election, said he had wanted to leave the Senate after his previous term expired, but “then Katrina intervened” and he ran again “because the people I loved so much were still struggling” with the storm’s aftermath.
Now, “we’ve gotten through Katrina, and I just felt like I needed to do something with my limited time in life.” He said he had no specific plans.
That nasty Katrina! I sure am glad that all the victims of the storm have “gotten through” it. I bet they can’t stop thanking you for the love,
Senator Helmet Hair Senator Lott.
“I’ve been on mountaintops,” Mr. Lott said Monday. “I’ve been down in the valley. I took a few licks. I made a few mistakes.”
Senator Helmet Hair he broke out in song and performed, My Way. Unfortunately, his former Singing Senators songmates were not there to harmonize.