Governor: Bryant, Dupree best

Bryant is a talented official who works hard and loves his state. But as lieutenant governor, Bryant often has been in Barbour’s shadow. As governor, he would have to understand the broader role.

That means rising above petty partisan politics and not resorting to political pandering on polarizing issues like immigration reform.

As governor, he would have to create a clear agenda, gain broad popular support and have the political ability to get it through the Legislature. He would have to represent all the people, not just partisan supporters.

In the Republican primary, Gulf Coast businessman Dave Dennis has a strong record in community service and business. He has run a positive campaign and is a good candidate. All in all, Bryant is the best choice in the Republican primary because of his experience.

Clarion Ledger Editorial