Don’t underestimate Bryant, a former deputy sheriff

STARKVILLE — Barring a political miracle, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant will be getting a promotion within the next week to the Mississippi governor’s office. On the Moorhead native’s path to the Governor’s Mansion, more political operatives have made the mistake of underestimating Bryant’s ability, intellect, resolve and survival skills than would care to admit that mistake.

That’s apparently OK with Bryant. Like the former Hinds County sheriff’s deputy he is, Bryant handles such misjudgments of his personal and political skills the way he handled burly drunks back when he was standing behind a badge with only 160 pounds, his wits and a service revolver.

Sid Salter