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Bill Minor – Bitter as a sack of lemons about Pickering

By: Magnolia Tribune - September 1, 2007

Pickering stepping down from Congress with a quiet record

With Republicans now having little prospect of regaining control in 2008, no doubt Pickering saw little reason to stick around. With five sons aged 8 to 17, Pickering can legitimately say he is retiring to spend “more time with my family.”

Pickering’s departure calls to mind when Mississippi lost a House seat in the 2000 census, skids were greased to make his 3rd district seat safe in the 2002 election. After the Democrat-controlled state Legislature failed to adopt a redistricting plan, a panel of federal judges (appointed by Republican presidents) snatched the re-map process from the state and designed a district pitting Pickering against 4th District Democrat Ronnie Shows.

Because it gave Pickering his solid GOP base and shredded Shows’ Democratic base, a Pickering victory was highly predictable.

Bill Minor
Clarion Ledger

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