NAACP head: Miss. gov falls short in oil response

BILOXI — The national president of the NAACP says Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour isn’t doing enough to help the state as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill threatens people’s livelihoods.

Benjamin Jealous met with shrimpers and others Monday in Biloxi. He told WLOX-TV that it was unacceptable for Barbour to skip in-person meetings during President Barack Obama’s recent trips to south Louisiana.

Barbour was in New York on a state trip Friday and attended a business groundbreaking in Mississippi on May 28. Barbour spokeswoman Laura Hipp says he regularly takes part in oil-spill conference calls with Obama and other governors.

Jealous says Hurricane Katrina showed that people don’t always get helped in the same way.

The Associated Press