“I miss my relationship with the people in Mississippi,” Lott said. “I enjoyed the Senate. I enjoyed the leadership positions – even my last year there, but I’d done it for 35 years as a congressman and a senator. That’s a lifetime. Before that, I was a staff member for four years. It was just really time for me to do something else.”
Lott said he has “struggled” with the problems of his brother-in-law, former prominent attorney Dickie Scruggs, who pleaded guilty to attempting to bribe a judge and is serving a five-year federal prison sentence. Scruggs’ son and law partner, Zach, received a 14-month sentence after pleading guilty to misprision of a felony.
“It’s a human tragedy, and we’re just sad about the whole thing,” Lott said.