Gov. Haley Barbour leaves office next month with a powerful legacy that means different things to different people.
Democrats will remember Barbour as a political warrior who over his two terms led a political revolt that robbed them of the last bastion of power they had in state government – the House of Representatives.
Advocates for the poor and for the teacher unions will remember Barbour as cold and indifferent to their causes. Many members of the state’s Public Employees Retirement System will remember Barbour as one who tried to take the retirement security they believe they were promised in exchange for some of the lowest state employee wages in the nation. The state’s hospitals will remember him as their worst nightmare.