E-mail sent from Butch Brown’s office

Mississippi Department of Transportation Executive Director Butch Brown said Friday he told an MDOT employee to notify other employees about an online poll on whether he should be confirmed as head of the agency in upcoming Senate hearings.

An e-mail from someone in his office was sent to MDOT division directors and district engineers Wednesday, urging them to vote in the poll at the political Web site magno liareport.com. The Sun Herald received a copy of the e-mail.

“As many of you know, Mr. Brown is currently up for reconfirmation by the Mississippi Senate,” the e-mail said. “There is an open poll on the Magnolia Report Web site (magnoliareport.com) asking whether or not he should be confirmed by the Senate. The poll is being flooded with negative votes from a contingent in Rankin County. I encourage you (if you feel so inclined) and your staff members to vote ‘yes’ that Mr. Brown should be confirmed as the executive director of MDOT by the Senate. Thank you.”

Sun-Herald 4/6/9