Madison Journal – GOP leader calls for action in national health care debate

A visit from Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele last week brought with it a call for grassroots action against President Obama’s proposed health care reform.

On hand at the event were Gov. Haley Barbour, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and dozens of other statewide elected GOP leaders.

The occasion was used to recognize Neshoba County Chancery Clerk Larry McMillan, who announced his intentions to switch to the Republican Party, having been a lifelong Democrat.

Steele joked with McMillan, noting all the big-name state Republicans who came out for the event.

“You really bring them out Larry,” Steele said. “It’s a great honor that I get to welcome you to the Republican party.”

Barbour also welcomed McMillan, saying they were “tickled to have him,” and that he’s sure when he looks back on it “you’ll only wish you’d done it sooner.”

In his fifth term, McMillan attributed his switch to being fed up with the Democrat Party’s push for health care reform.

McMillan is the 9th county or municipal elected official in Mississippi to switch to the Republican Party this year.

Steven Watson
Madison County Journal