WLBT, 10/9/7

Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Phil Bryant, unveiled his plan to get tough on crime at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

One part of that plan includes an automatic life sentence for drug manufacturers and dealers. Joined by local law enforcement officials and newly elected Madison and Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest, Bryant says it’s time Mississippi stopped going easy on drug dealers.

His opponent for Lieutenant Governor, Democratic State Representative Jamie Franks says, “I find it quit mind-boggling that a guy that has never introduced any of these crime fighting measures before comes out and says ‘let’s do this’ – four weeks till election.”

Franks calls Bryant’s plan nothing new, and says he has passed crime legislation that is now law in his time as a state representative.