McCoy announced his retirement in 2011 on his own terms, but later that year his side lost a historic election, giving power in the House to the Republicans for the first time since the 1800s.
But that did not lessen his admiration for this building or all it represents. He recently came to simply admire it – for no other reason.
Nearly every time I call the former speaker these days for a comment on something, I get the same response, “Hold on for a second while I pull over.”
McCoy is constantly traveling, and since he has only one good arm, he is always careful about when he talks on the cellphone.
Nine times out of 10, he is traveling in Mississippi. He always talks about how much there is to see and do here.