Trent Lott (R-MS), the veteran arch-conservative, anti-gay and proto-segregationist senator, finally calls it quits and announces his resignation before the year's end. Lott becomes the sixth GOP senator to step down this election cycle and is reportedly pursuing "other opportunities."
Think Progress reports Lott’s "other opportunities" involve joining the "lucrative world of lobbying Congress" before "tougher restrictions in a new lobbying law takes effect at the end of the year. That law would require Senators to wait two-years before entering the lucrative world of lobbying Congress."
Lott voted against the Matthew Shepard Hate Crime bill and is opposed to including gays and lesbians in federal job protection laws. In 2003 he was a lead supporter of U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering's nomination to the federal appeals court which was "opposed by all LGBT rights groups over rulings in which included slurs against gays." Lott also was a principal supporter of the failed Federal Marriage Amendment—more HERE—and has linked homosexuality to bestiality, incest and polygamy in Senate floor speeches.
Trent Lott was forced from his longtime Senate Majority Leader seat in disgrace in late 2002 after complimenting the 1948 segregationist presidential platform of former Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC). "I want to say this about my state," Lott said at Thurmond's 100th birthday party celebration. "When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either."
Goodbye, good riddance, good luck.