Bryant: Focus to be on public safety in 2014

Phil Bryant (AP)

Phil Bryant (AP)

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS,Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says that after focusing on education and job creation his first two years he’ll concentrate on public safety in 2014.

The Republican governor also says he has a “divine responsibility” to oppose abortion and to protect school prayer and gun ownership.

His comments came Thursday during a speech at the Neshoba County Fair, an annual gathering known as Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty.

House Speaker Philip Gunn, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, Treasurer Lynn Fitch and Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith also spoke Thursday. They’re all Republicans.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Attorney General Jim Hood and State Auditor Stacey Pickering spoke at the Fair on Wednesday.

  • TrueMaroon5

    Yeah, because he fixed the problems in education…….

  • Raider

    People who govern because they have a “divine responsibility” should be in the pulpit and not in the governor’s office.

  • Thile

    The greatest need for public safety in the state of MS appears to be protection from Philbert’s ideas.

  • charlie

    “divine responsibility” He thinks he’s God.

  • redcreek

    Yep, Charlie, you hit the nail on the head. Remember when W used to have private conversations with the Great Leader hisself? Clearly God has it in for us.

  • barney fife

    I believe in “divine responsibility” nearly as much as I trust somebody that says ” I’m a god-fearing Christian..”.
    Neither statement bodes well for the intended audience.
    Send Phundie Phil back to the pulpit.