November 26th, 2007
08:45 AM ET
15 years ago

Sources: Lott to resign by year's end

Trent Lott, R-Mississippi, is serving in his fourth term in the U.S. Senate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Trent Lott, R-Mississippi, intends to resign by the end of the year and join the private sector, sources tell CNN.

Lott is set to reveal his plans at a 12 p.m. ET news conference in Pascagoula and a 4 p.m. ET news conference in Jackson.

Lott decided to run for a fourth Senate term in 2006 for reasons including representing Mississippi and the Gulf Coast region in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

He now feels he's laid the groundwork in Washington to make sure the region is looked after, according to a source familiar with his announcement.

A senior Republican source close to Lott said one reason for the decision
is the new lobbying restrictions on former lawmakers.

A new law kicks in on January 1, forbidding lawmakers from lobbying for two years after leaving office. Those who leave by the end of 2007 are covered by the previous law, which demands a wait of only one year.

Mississippi's GOP Gov. Haley Barbour will appoint a temporary replacement, who will serve through 2008. A special election will then be held to determine who will serve the remainder of Lott's term.

Reps. Chip Pickering and Roger Wicker are the leading candidates to succeed Lott. But the talk is that Pickering, who announced earlier this year he intends to leave Congress, would turn down the job.

Lott is the Republican Whip in the Senate and his resignation will bring to an end more than three decades in Congress.

Lott won a House seat in 1972 and was elected to the Senate in 1988. He's currently in his fourth term.

He is the first person to be elected whip in both the House and Senate.

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- CNN's John King, Mark Preston, and Dana Bash

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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. brooklyn

    Good riddance. Republican or Democrat. One person in the senate that truly shouldn't be there. Wake up Miss.

    November 26, 2007 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  2. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Another Dixie Dinosaur bites the Jurassic dust!

    November 26, 2007 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. Jeff, Dayton, OH

    See DC Madam for resignation reason.

    November 26, 2007 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. Juan, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Sure, call Trent Lott a racist for some off-comment that was misconstrued. Let's overlook the fact that Strom Thurman was a Democrat when he ran as a segregationist. And when Senator Robert Byrd (D), who was a leader of the KKK, used the "N-word" recently during a taped interview, they rewarded him with leadership position.

    CNN, however, never tells you about the racist side of the Democrat party, and they will surely take this comment down as soon as its read!

    November 26, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  5. Tim

    "Sparked outrage" Good grief, more selective "outrage" from CNN.

    Will Jesse Jackson's political epitaph similarly make reference to his "hymie-town" comments? I bet not.

    November 26, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  6. EE, miami, FL

    It is no fun to be republicans in the House or Senate these days. They are required to defend and support a much hated president and an unpopular war, and they lose out to the dems to those high paying and prestigious postings because they control the House and Senate.

    The light at the end of the tunnel (next election) is that a train is coming to hit them hard.

    November 26, 2007 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  7. Mary Prescott, AZ

    Anyone else thinking what I'm thinking?

    Trent Lott can't bring himself to surve under a Black or a Woman and he's sure one of the two will win the next election.

    Another thing I'm thinking is that you can't believe everything you think and yet...I can't help thinking that.

    November 26, 2007 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  8. Ben, Meridian, MS

    Senator Lott was just re-elected in 2006 to serve through 2013. Why is he leaving just a year after re-election? This is all very strange. What did he do this time?

    November 26, 2007 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  9. RH, Forney, TX

    Good riddance to the racist.

    November 26, 2007 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  10. Jeff - Jacksonville, FL

    Yet another Republican lawmaker jumping ship. They may spout a lot of rhetoric and present a united front, but it is beginning to sound more and more as if their united front is more of a fa├žade in front of a house of cards. They see the handwriting on the wall, and realize that it's time to get out now rather than suffer embarrassing defeats in the next election.

    I don't know if Lott was up for re-election next year or not, but either way, it's one more rat off a sinking ship.

    Now if the rest of those corrupt Republicans would leave, this country might actually have a chance at rebuilding it's reputation as a world leader and superpower instead of a laughing stock.

    November 26, 2007 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  11. Chris, Pensacola FL


    That's not even funny. Well, it is about the woman. I'd quit too. I'm sure he doesn't have any problem with Obama though.

    No, there are BIG issues out there right now behind closed doors. Things the media and public will NOT know. Perhaps down the road they will be given tid bits, but rest assure these resignations and changes in government are coming from a higher power. These things are required to cleanse the government and restore confidence. You probably have noticed that mostly GOP members are the ones resigning or terminating their oath. There is a reason for this which people are not aware. It is for everyones good. I know there is much disgust at the moment, but soon everything will be made clear.

    November 26, 2007 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  12. J.Crobuzon

    Insert obligatory 'rat leaves sinking ship' joke here. Reference screen door hitting him on way out.

    November 26, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  13. Terry, El Paso, TX

    I think Sen Lott knows that the tsunami is coming. The Republican Party is going to get what it richly deserves in November. So, let's all sing the Republican theme song. All together now...

    Another one bites the dust
    Another one bites the dust
    And another one gone, and another one gone
    Another one bites the dust
    Hey, Im gonna get you too
    Another one bites the dust

    November 26, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  14. Chris, Middletown, CT

    As one of the new generation Republicans (social liberal and fiscal conservative) – I am happy to see the fringe of our party drying up – Democrats – you are now embracing the left wing...they have defined your party – maybe its time to look to the middle...moderate Republicans believe the same as moderate Democrats....and....there is only one moderate running in either party – liberal – fiscal conservative (can you say the same about any of the other either party??)

    November 26, 2007 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  15. Jed in Texas

    I heard he and Tom Delay are starting a new band, The K-Street Money Shufflers, Tom on bug sprayer and Trent on blow-hard tuba.

    November 26, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  16. Richard, St. Paul, Mn

    Good riddance to another bigoted Republican. It'll be nice when these corrupt creeps are out of office.

    November 26, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  17. Barbara Doyle Cape Coral, FL

    Hey Juan from Ft Lauderdale Check your dates. Lott's comment was VERY recent and therefore more reprehensible. Byrd's membership and Thurmon's segegationist leanings were long time gone. You must be pretty desperate to have to resort to ancient history.

    November 26, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. John Chicago

    A good man and a good American,,,all you leftwing crazies that tried to label this man a racist is simply ignorant......Trent Lott is a good american.

    November 26, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. Jack, Fort Myers, FL

    I respect Mr. Lott. He is a scholar and has done his best in public office to help the nation and his state. I disagree with some of his politics–but that is why a two-party system is so successful in this nation. His comments related to the Honorable Mr. Thurmond...were hyped way out of context–and that is sad.

    November 26, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  20. Michael Sheridan, Grand Rapids, MI

    Sure, call Trent Lott a racist for some off-comment that was misconstrued. Let's overlook the fact that Strom Thurman was a Democrat when he ran as a segregationist.

    Posted By Juan, Fort Lauderdale, FL : November 26, 2007 8:28 amOf course, you'd love us to overlook the fact that Thurmond moved to the GOP precisely because the Democratic party embraced an anti-segregationist policy in the 1960s, as did Lott himself (and Jesse Helms, and a whole slew of others).

    Southern white racists spent years in the Democratic party because they couldn't bring themselves to associate with the "party of Lincoln" after the Civil War. But they split the Democratic party over civil rights (see George Wallace), and Nixon and Reagan courted them and welcomed them into the GOP.

    Was Byrd a member of the KKK? Sure. But he didn't spend his career attempting to turn back the clock on civil rights the way Thurmond, Lott and Helms have done.

    November 26, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. Walt, Belton, TX

    Wish he'd take the dinosaur from West Virgine with him, then we'd be free of two old fools..............

    November 26, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. Lenny, LA, California


    I'm sure everything will be a lot better under democratic rule...!!!!

    You are the same people who think smoking drugs and staying drunk is perfectly OK.

    You drug-infested morons will batten down the hatches come 2009, because that's when the REAL fun starts in this country. Better start learning to speak spanish also, because it will become the 2nd official language before Klinton is done...

    November 26, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  23. Wayne, Greenville TX

    And not a moment too soon.

    November 26, 2007 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  24. lanie

    The nerve of the left wing party, the Democrats, to call Trent Lott, a racist, how about the leader of the clan, old SHEETS BYRD!
    I wish Trent Lott the best of luck, he has been a great leader in the Republican party, and he will be missed!
    As far as the demise of the Republican Party, don't count your chickens, the public is not ready for a bunch of socialist ,that represent the Democrats!

    November 26, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. Ed orlando fl

    Now that his house has been paid by insurance, while poor folks got screwed. it is time to go for bigger money as a lobbyist. good ridance to a real bigot.

    November 26, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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