JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Democratic House Speaker on Tuesday questioned whether Gov. Haley Barbour and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant are seeking favorable treatment from a Republican-appointed judge if the state’s legislative redistricting battle moves out of the state Capitol and into federal court.
Billy McCoy said he made the inquiries based on comments he had heard Bryant made Monday to Senate Republicans in a closed-door meeting about redistricting. Bryant and Barbour are both Republicans, and Barbour is a potential 2012 presidential candidate.
Bryant told reporters late Monday that he told GOP senators during the private meeting that Edith H. Jones, who’s now chief judge of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was nominated to the court in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan.