Was Thompson afraid of being upstaged?

There was at least one conspicuous face absent from the bevy of public officials who descended upon Greenville this week for the ribbon cutting of the new U.S. 82 bridge across the Mississippi River.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson.

MBJ reporter and video-journalist Stephen McDill pointed that out upon his return from covering the event in The Queen City earlier this week.

Thompson, 62, represents the Magnolia State’s 2nd Congressional District, an area stretching from Tunica to just south of Vicksburg. He was first elected to the post in 1993.

The new Greenville bridge is the shiny new belt buckle of his constituency.

Thompson should have been there for this historic occasion.

Miss. Business Journal
7/28/10