Everybody wants to know whether U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is going to retire or run for re-election.
I do know that in 2008, Cochran, who was then running for re-election to another six-year term, told me he planned to retire after that term was up. Now, the oft-reported story is Cochran, 75, is undecided about running in 2014 for a term that would expire in January 2021, and he told me as much on the phone Wednesday.
I’ve heard Republican power brokers are already working on a fairly complicated contingency plan involving multiple appointments that could end with a South Mississippian in the lieutenant governor’s office if Cochran steps down before his term ends. Gov. Phil Bryant would appoint Cochran’s replacement until an election could be held.