Funding spurs war of words between Bryant and Franks

State Democratic Party Chairman Jamie Franks has berated Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant for calling the federal stimulus initiative wasteful spending.

“The stimulus package is providing the state of Mississippi with millions of dollars for projects that will create jobs and improve the infrastructure of our cities and our counties,” Franks said in a statement he issued last week.

“If creating jobs and rebuilding our roads is a waste of money to Phil Bryant, then perhaps we need to protest his leadership in the Senate.”

In criticizing the Senate president, Franks reopened the war of words he and Bryant waged in 2007, when they ran against each other for lieutenant governor. Bryant won with 58 percent of the vote.

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