In light of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) naming Rep. Roger Wicker (R-MS) as a replacement for Trent Lott’s Senate seat, State Attorney General Jim Hood filed a lawsuit today in Hinds County Circuit Court “seeking an injunction to require the special election for Lott’s replacement to be conducted within 90 days”:
In a Dec. 20 proclamation, Barbour set the Nov. 4, 2008 general election as the date for the senatorial special election. If a runoff is required, it will be conducted on Nov. 25, the governor said. But Hood said state statute mandates the governor set the election within 90 days of his proclamation.
“As a result of the governor’s proclamation, the state of Mississippi will be without a popularly elected replacement senator for at least 322 days (10 months and 17 days) and possibly 342 days (11 months and seven days) in the event of a runoff election,” Hood said in his motion for a preliminary injunction.
(HT: Cotton Mouth)