Commercial Appeal, 12/5/7

State Sen. Merle Flowers on Tuesday took his name out of the running for any political post that might open as a result of U.S. Sen. Trent Lott’s pending retirement.

Speaking to the Rotary Club of Olive Branch on Tuesday, the Southaven Republican announced for the first time that he’ll stay in the District 19 seat to which he won re-election in November.

Flowers, 38, a rising figure in local politics and friend of Gov. Haley Barbour, had been rumored as a possibility to fill Lott’s seat when Barbour names a replacement until an election is held. If not that, Flowers had been mentioned as a possible candidate for the seat of U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., if Wicker seeks the Senate.

But Flowers said Tuesday that family considerations come first.