Mississippi Leaders Honor Senator Thad Cochran

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FILE – In this Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, file photo, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., speaks to supporters in Jackson, Miss. op Republicans are already coping with a razor-thin majority as they try pushing a contentious and partisan agenda through the Senate. Now, they’re running smack into another complicating factor _ the sheer age and health […]

Mississippi leaders honor Senator Thad Cochran with a retirement party at the Country Club of Jackson.
Media was allowed at the event but was not able to speak or video Cochran, but as WJTV’s Margaret-Ann Carter reports those in attendance were quick to sing his praises.
Senator Thad Cochran may have resigned but his legacy lives on.
“People in Mississippi need to reflect on how good we had it with Senator Cochran the things he did you can’t go to one county in Mississippi where you don’t see his footprint,” Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann explained.
After serving for more than four decades Cochran has gained quite the reputation, and a fitting nickname.
“He was in time magazine as the persuader and that’s what he was,” Hosemann said.
“Thad Cochran is the quiet persuader, you talk to democrats in Washington DC and they appreciate the job Thad Cochran has done, republicans revere him,” Governor Phil Bryant said.
“He’s a guy respected by his colleagues tremendously effective once referred to as the gentle persuader he could get things done,” Governor Haley Barbour said.
Former Governor Haley Barbour remembers working closely with Cochran during hurricane Katrina.
“By God’s grace he was chairman of appropriations when Katrina hit Mississippi because no body could have done more for us than he did,” Gov. Barbour.
After Cochran resigned for health reasons, Governor Phil Bryant appointed Cindy Hyde-Smith who is already making history as the first woman to serve as United States Senator for Mississippi.
“If you think we’re going to find someone that is going to be the next Thad Cochran, it’s impossible they can be their own, they can be great in their own way because he blazed that trail for them,” Gov. Bryant explained.

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