Good for his family, bad for his supporters.
That’s the reaction from one longtime backer of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour following his decision Monday to abandon a bid for the White House.
Barbour, saying he lacked “fire in the belly,” cited the relentless grind of a presidential campaign as the reason behind his choice.
The announcement surprised even his closest supporters, and undercut overwhelming consensus among political observers that Barbour would run — and, in fact, would be one of the strongest candidates in a weak Republican field.