Bryant Picks Up A Barbour Endorsement
If trends hold, Haley Barbour will likely be the only Republican in Mississippi who doesn’t make any public endorsements before the primary but we will always speculate on who he wants to see replace him in the governor’s mansion. With that, you will usually hear talks on how Barbour and Phil Bryant don’t exactly always see eye-to-eye, and that Barbour doesn’t Bryant to win.
Well yesterday, Bryant picked up an endorsement from a man as close to Barbour as any, Henry Barbour. The governor’s nephew and one of his top political allies penned an email where he said that Bryant “can best help our beloved Mississippi continue to move forward with economic growth and job creation”. I would say this is as close to any Haley Barbour endorsement that we will see.
Read the entire letter here.
And while the younger Barbour doesn’t necessarily speak for his uncle, we have seen similar situations play out not too long ago. Earlier this year, Henry Barbour was a leading proponent of removing Michael Steele from the RNC and replacing him with Reince Priebus of Wisconsin. (Priebus would go on to win the top job). For Haley’s part, he said he remained neutral in that contest but their was always heavy speculation that he was supporting Priebus too.
But not all Barbour’s are supporting the same guy. Jeppie Barbour, Haley’s brother, is working for the Dave Dennis campaign and has made a number of campaign appearances with Dennis going back several months now.
Jeppie Barbour said this on why he is supporting Dennis: “He’s the guy who has the experience, and the intelligence to go in there and handle state government the way it should be handled. He is not a career politician , he is a business man who knows what he is doing.”