In 2006, a number of Republican legislators crammed into then-Gov. Haley Barbour’s state Capitol office for the signing of a bill to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program.
The only Democrat in the group was then-House Committee Chair Cecil Brown of Jackson.
Brown waited with the group for the governor for a brief while, looking uncomfortable, then announced he had another meeting and excused himself. All of the Republicans in the room begged him to stay, but he said he couldn’t.
Brown, who works out daily, was at the time walking with the use of a cane, pending a back surgery that he would have at the end of the session. Knowing Brown’s discomfort, he cast a sad shadow as he limped from the office.