“It is unprecedented for the lieutenant governor to get this intensely involved in redistricting,” said Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, who confirmed he was in a meeting where Bryant announced he would submit his own plan. “No past lieutenant governor has ever done this – opposing a plan produced by his committee chair and to be working against his committee chair.”
The lieutenant governor’s office would not respond to questions about the issue.
Burton, who was appointed by Bryant, said, when asked about the lieutenant governor’s plan, “I want to talk about my plan. We put together a plan, which we will unveil Monday, that I think is fair … It is a good plan for the state of Mississippi. I believe, our attorneys believe, our staff who has been involved in redistricting believe, the Justice Department will approve it and keep us from having to run two years in a row. I don’t think the other plan does that, based on what I have heard.”