Burton’s actions are slimy, at best

Sen. Terry Burton, R-Newton, proved he is willing to throw ethics to the wind when, last week, he asked Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, to delete a text message he sent in order to avoid telling the truth to the media.

Burton’s request came after he told the Mississippi Business Journal he had not talked to Moak or any House member asking them to allow a conference report for House Bill 1095 to clear the House, which would have sent it to Gov. Haley Barbour’s desk to await his signature.

Late language added to the bill would, among other things, change the educational requirements for becoming the deputy director of administration for Medicaid.

It has been speculated Burton, who does not have the current education requirements, wants the job.

So, Burton may want the job badly enough to lobby, via text message to another legislator, for a change in law to get it.

But when asked by the MBJ about it, he lied.

MS Business Journal
4/10/11