A couple of weeks ago, my father resigned his position on the Rankin County Board of Supervisors for health reasons. Thanks to all of you who have sent your well wishes. No need to fear; Dad isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
The issue that has upset me is how Dad's vacancy was managed by his former colleagues on the board and how Congressman Gregg Harper meddled in the process. Let there be no doubt: the primary reason Rodney Keith is now a member of the Rankin County Board of Supervisors is because Gregg Harper called each member of the board and suggested "it sure would be nice if Rodney was on the board." The board did Harper's bidding in order to pre-pay some favors that will likely be called in during the 2015 Republican primary. Bear in mind that Harper's endorsement really doesn't travel too far (i.e. Meridian and Starkville in 2013). It's no coincidence that Harper and state Rep. Brent Powell went out of their way to be present for their political hit man's appointment to the board last week.
I know there's nothing I can do to change what the board did. Politics happened. I am disappointed, though, that the constituents Dad spent many waking nights worried about are now represented by a political hack of Gregg Harper and Brent Powell.
Additionally, it should be upsetting to the tens of thousands of Mississippians who are without work that Congressman Gregg Harper would pick up the phone to get one man a job. Imagine what would happen if he cared enough to put that much effort into helping others across the state (which still has the second-highest unemployment rate in the country) find a job.