“I cannot stay on the sidelines. I’m not going to ever run for office again but I will be in the arena,” he told the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce at Friday’s Morning Call. “I still have a lot of fight left in me.”
Since resigning the Senate seat he held for 35 years, Lott has worked as a lobbyist with former Sen. John Breaux of Louisiana, with Butler Snow law firm and AT&T and is spending time with his family at their farm in central Mississippi. After his two-year hiatus, Lott said he was spurred back into politics by the thought his four grandchildren may not have the opportunities he had.
The breakfast at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi was the 36th time in 37 years Lott spoke to the group. He talked about climate change, the contract for Air Force refueling tankers, government regulation and voter involvement in national politics,
“Right now I’m more worried about where we’re headed than I’ve ever been,” he said.
“Washington has a way of pulling you down into this caldron of chaos and confusion,” he said. “That is the wrong attitude.”
But Lott said legislators have stopped talking to each other about health care or even socially.
“What’s going on now is very ugly in Washington,” he said.