Why does it matter that Haley Barbour is meddling in this Republican primary race? It's quite simple. Haley wants to control the Public Service Commission for his own personal and financial interests. The Kemper County power plant, owned by Mississippi Power, - a subsidiary of Southern Company - is grossly over budget to the tune of nearly $4 billion! What is more troubling is that there is no clear answer about how this will be paid. Will Southern Company write off the debt? Will the cost be pushed onto customers like you and me? If Haley has his way, I think we all know who will be left to pick up the tab.
Haley envisions a Public Service Commission that will continue doing his bidding while he accepts hundreds of thousands of dollars in lobbying fees from companies regulated by the Commission.
It's not a secret that Mitch Tyner and his conservative supporters are not satisfied with the "establishment" politics provided by the Barbour wing of the Republican Party. It stands to reason that, should Mitch Tyner be the Republican nominee, he could scrutinize the Haley's Kemper project harder than Haley's hand-picked establishment candidate. That's the point. Haley wants to be sure his puppet on the Commission will do as he is told and not ask questions. Thus the reason Haley wants his loyal soldier to take the Republican field with no opposition.
The question now is if Mitch Tyner will buckle and drop out under the immense pressure Haley Barbour and his lackeys are allegedly putting on him. Once again, the Republicans will have quite a race on their hands between the conservatives of Mitch Tyner and the establishment of Haley Barbour.