Some people have speculated that he's gay. He says that he needs to go in a different direction, and that he doesn't like the increasing rancor in the Senate. So Senator Trent Lott is resigning.
It took a lot of people by surprise. But just follow the money. It didn't take much for the New York Times to come across something highly interesting:
By resigning before the end of the year, Mr. Lott would beat the effective date for new ethics rules that double to two years the amount of time former Senators must wait before they can join a firm to lobby former colleagues. The new rule applies to those who leave office “on or after” Dec. 31.Politico reports that
Mr. Lott is the sixth Senate Republican to announce his retirement this year, according to The A.P., and it is expected that at least some of those leaving office will take lucrative jobs with the lobbying firms clustered along Washington’s K Street once the waiting period has passed.
A Lott friend said part of the reason, and a factor in the timing, is a new lobbying regulation...Hmmm...which regulation might that be?
I'm going to make a prediction. Trent Lott will be spending a lot more time with fellow 'patriots' Haley Barbour and Tom Delay. With Republicans like these...