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. Carol, MD

    Now he's free to attend parties where there's pointy white hats.

    November 26, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. jw, canadian,ok

    If this doofus IS resigning now so he can become a lobbyist in a year instead of two, this calls for law against lobbyists.
    Speakers in Congress are speaking to empty chambers now because everyone is meeting with a freaking lobby.

    November 26, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Z, St. Louis,MO.

    But I hear his toupee plans to run
    term.. 🙂

    Good riddance to this phoney bigoted
    nut..He can hang out with the other right wing kooks at some "think tank"
    or make up some phoney company and become a war profiteer like the rest of the recent ex-officials and their family members.

    November 26, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Raymond, El Paso TX

    He paid back the corporations early, his nose has turned the proper shade of GOP-Brown, he can now reap the rewards on K-Street. Great job!

    November 26, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Good riddance!
    But who knows who Mississippi will choose to replace him.
    What a frightening thought!!

    November 26, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Sure he's going to resign – Bush rebuilt his coastal home in Mississippi after Katrina!

    The rest of the people's homes in the area? Ah, they're not friends of the program!

    November 26, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Ken, Boston MA

    Trent Lott: American racist.

    November 26, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    All you need to know about Lott is his support of the policies of Richard Nixon and Dubya Bush.

    One could only conclude that Lott is also a dangerous and immoral person.

    November 26, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Yes, get rid of these (*)()*()* only problem is they are held accountable for all the graft, greed and wars they ahve caused.

    November 26, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Johnathon Terwilliger

    I wonder if anyone has considered that maybe Trent Lott just doesnt want to serve in a 3rd world government. So far under King George we have an unstable dollar- so bad that we have to listen to comments about it from no less than Iran's Amadinijad.. now that the US dollar is worth less than the Canadian dollar... when they said "backed by the good faith of the US Government", I dont think anyone ever intended us to actually require real faith!..Im gonna ask my employer if I can be paid in Euros.. i mean at least that's stable.

    November 26, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Jim, Medford, ORa

    I remember seeing Lott after W won. Lott had a cowboy hat on and was partying down at W's "ranch" (like that idiot ever worked a day in his life). Then W and Co. booted him out of his position after the "comment" (hey paranoid neocons, if the comment wasn't racist, why didn't W stand up for him?). Then his house gets blown down in Katrina while W parties at the ranch! Then Lott sues the insurance co. that helped put him in office and the judges, who he helped get appointed, rule against him!! Now he is quitting with many years left to serve!! Goin' golfin' w Rove, Rumsfeld, Snow, Hughes, Delay, George Allen, and the rest of 'em?

    November 26, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Bob, Roxboro, NC

    Hey moderator,,,

    Care to tell me why my posts are often censored?

    I've seen cars for sale ads on these posts and they seem to be ok with CNN moderators. Is censorship something CNN embraces?

    November 26, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Gary Wright, NC

    Sorry to see a real conserative leave office. Mr. Lott should be commended for his service to his country. Maybe he can get congress to pass a bill that would bring our vast quanities of shell oil to the market. It was suppose to have been profitable when oil reached 30 dollars a barrel. At least maybe he can get the ball started.

    November 26, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Smedley Butler, MN

    He's self-seeking, greedy jerk!
    Remember, he was one of the senators (of BOTH) parties)who was "Aggravated" that so many Americans were giving him their inputs on immigration a few months back! The gaul of those Americans! Imagine!

    Forget about any "representative gov't" notions with guys like this-and most of the DC crew are exactly the same.

    November 26, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Greg, Houston

    Typical Republicans try to defend bigots by pointing out that some bigots used to be Democrats. The argument is old. They were southern white bigots at a time when Southern Racism was rampant. Had nothing to do with party affiliation then or now. It just so happens that the Southern bigots are predominantly Republican. Truth is truth.

    By the way, good riddance. Four terms in the Senate and his state is no better off than before his term. I would know , I used to live there. And the notion that Chip Pickering is even being considered is crazy. Last I heard he lives in Virginia and doesn't even own a home in Mississippi.

    November 26, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. David, Dallas Tx

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. As former Senate Majority Leader and current Whip, he's a main part of the cause of so many of today's problems, everything from the war in Iraq to the $9 trillion debt to the do-nothing Congress. That he's probably a despicable racist is almost incidental.

    First the rank-and-file, now the leadership. The Republican Party surely is falling apart.

    It just proves the old adage about how you reap what you sow.

    November 26, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Steve, Lyons, CO

    How typical: a piece of crap bigot that should've resigned long ago, Lott is resigning so that he can avoid the law curbing lobbying for two years after leaving office.

    This pig is leaving to make easy money off taxpayers. A fitting ending for a useless lawmaker that did nothing while in office but fight for the far right.

    November 26, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. David, Dallas Tx

    LLenny said, in part: 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

    A racist Republican demonizing Democrats with false generalities—say it isn’t so!

    I've been drunk once, stoned never, don’t smoke, badgered my wife to stay off nicotine, and am generally against the notion of better living through pharmaceuticals.

    I wish Obama hadn't done drugs. But I just don't see many people using "the president used to" as a reason to start drug use.

    You see, I don't care about empty rhetoric or moral grandstanding. I care about the consequences of the election. I think those consequences will be best under Obama.

    As for speaking Spanish, there's far less need for me to study Spanish (Hablo español ya, tonto) than there is for you to get over your racist views regarding Latinos—they’re the fastest growing segment of our population, you know.

    It is not hard to see why you are upset by liberals celebrating Lott’s departure from Congress. But it’s a good thing for America, trust me.

    November 26, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Chris Haynes, Winston-Salem, NC

    Gee, you mean a Republican would quit fighting for the people (or however they advertise it) in lieu of his own personal financial gain? But Republicans love Jesus and their constituents?!

    November 26, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Danny Casolaro Martinsburg, WV

    Could there be anything more hilarious than to watch an entire nation completely and utterly destroy itself with meaningless divisive politics?

    A nation of ignorant apes murders each other over which tastes better-Coke or Pepsi.

    Meanwhile, corporate plutocrats and oligarchs and their military industrial complex drive the nation further into ruin.

    It is so very enjoyable to watch history in action. An entire nation with a rich history, bathed in blood and baptized in the sufferings of native peoples and colonized populations all over the earth, gets its cosmic comeuppance as it is torn to pieces from the inside and unable to defend itself from the outside.

    Democans and Republicrats dangle the keys in front of the infant's eyes, while their hands greedily reach into the cookie jar-stealing from the people, while at the same time dismantling the foundation that the once-great nation was founded upon.

    You apes are hilarious.
    Destroy, apes, destroy!
    Tear each other to pieces with your false gods of money and oil!
    Is your neighbor doing something he shouldn't be, ape?
    Put a camera in his house!
    Have you consumed enough for your god to love you, ape?
    Have you spent enough money to go to heaven, ape?

    Kill for your god, apes!
    Kill for the Homeland, apes!

    Vote for that one, ape.
    No, vote for that one, ape.
    They truly care about you.
    They really do.
    The politicians love you, apes.
    They really enjoy kissing your babies.
    This one will save you, ape! Vote for him!
    No, that one will save you, ape!
    Vote for her!

    Ignorant little animals.
    What a tragic farce you are,
    (Dis)United States.

    November 26, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Dave, New York, NY

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

    Nothing surprising here... another Republican who thinks his own pocketbook and Washington Special Interests are more important than serving the people!

    November 26, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Lev Klineman, Redondo Beach CA

    Have to make the deadline to become a lobbyist, Mr. Lott?

    As of January 1st, if you are in the US congress (house or senate), you have to wait 2 years to become a lobbyist. So Trent here is trynig to beat a deadline.

    I guess, profits before people , as usuall. What a low-life dog this guy is, I always knew it, but now he proved it, to EVERYBODY.

    Maybe that is why all these Republicans are quiting their house and senate seats this year?

    Hmmm, makes you wonder doesn't it, truthseeker?

    November 26, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Maybe you guys are missing the point – Ron Paul has 90% excellent ideas...and 10% completely insane ideas (getting rid of the CIA/FBI/Department of Education..etc) – Ron Paul was and is a Libertarian...thats their far as belonging to the Republican party – a Democrat who decribes themselve as "moderate" will agree with most all issues with a moderate Republican – the difference being that if either had to "weigh" how they would "side" – Democrats would side with social issues...and Republicans would side with fiscal – name the moderates in either party (not Ron Paul...Liberatarians don't count....) – theres one may not like him...but...he's the only moderate...

    November 26, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. T Dayton, Pahoa HI

    I hear the KKK has an opening for Grand Wizard. He should apply.

    November 26, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. M. Lou Madison, WI

    Why don't we outlaw ALL lobbying?
    I suspect Republicans are leaving so that Democrats will take their places. Then the Dems will take power and have to spend billions fixing the problems created by the Republicans. Then people get mad at the higher taxes, and the Republicans will sweep the 2012 election.

    It's a common pattern.

    November 26, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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