On stage, Bryant, 52, got whoops from the largely conservative crowd as he talked about receiving the personal endorsement of the Rev. Donald Wildmon of Tupelo, founder and chairman of the American Family Association. Bryant recounted his own decision to run for Mississippi’s second-highest office.
“I argued with the Lord for about a year, said, ‘Are you sure this is what you want me to do?’” Bryant said. “He said, ‘Don’t make me have a whale swallow you.’”
Bryant, who has been state auditor for a decade, faces state Sen. Charlie Ross in next Tuesday’s Republican primary for lieutenant governor. The winner will compete against state Rep. Jamie Franks of Mooreville in the Nov. 6 general election.