The Clarion-Ledger Editorial, 6/22/7

By chance on a recent Friday night, I caught Gov. Haley Barbour part-way through an interview with National Public Broadcasting’s veteran Charlie Rose. Barbour’s appearance had not been announced locally.

Obviously Barbour was in full re-election campaign mode. He pictured himself as a modern-day miracle worker who left his cushy perch as a top Washington lobbyist to rescue his debt-ridden, litigation-plagued home state and produce booming prosperity. Not to mention his rosy scenario of recovery in the Katrina-ravaged Coast area, thanks to his management.

Good that I ordered a script of the interview from PBS, because in his own words, Barbour fashioned a pitch filled with blatantly misleading statements and falsehoods.

Bill Minor
Clarion Ledger