JACKSON (Monday, Nov. 26, 2007) -Wayne Dowdy, chairman of the Mississippi
Democratic Party, issued the following statement after U.S. Sen. Trent Lott
announced plans to resign from office by the end of the year.
“According to multiple news reports, Senator Lott intends to resign his seat
by the end of the year. Section 23-15-855 (1) of the Mississippi Code makes
clear that if Senator Lott does indeed resign during this calendar year, as
stated, then Governor Barbour must call a special election for within 90
days of making a proclamation – which he must issue within 10 days of the
resignation – and not on Nov. 4, 2008, as he has announced he intends to do.
“We will wait for Senator Lott’s official notice of resignation, when he
will undoubtedly announce the exact date he will leave office. But if he
does resign this calendar year we expect the governor to uphold the law and
call a special election within 100 days. It is important that Mississippi
be represented in Washington by a senator who was elected by the state’s
voters as soon as possible.”
Mississippi Democratic Party Release