SID SALTER: Harper set to be roasted by MS Press

In 2016, none of those folks were available as the honoree, so MPA reluctantly invited Gregg Harper — a tall, quiet guy from Pearl who just got through paying for his daughter’s exceedingly lovely wedding and who now has that glassy-eyed, stoop-shouldered, empty-pocketed look of a guy who just paid for an opulent wedding reception and a couple of 55-gallon drums of punch.

U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, the state’s 3rd District congressman, will be the honoree for the Thursday event at the Hilton Jackson. Proceeds from the roast are used to underwrite the scholarship and internship programs of the MPAEF.

Roasters for the event will include: Gov. Phil Bryant, attorney and author Andy Taggart, political consultant and author Jere Nash, and Mississippi House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden.