Haley Barbour

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Haley Barbour is the Republican Governor of Mississippi. He was first elected in 2003, and he was easily reelected in 2007.

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  • In one of the strangest decisisons ever made by the Congress of Racial Equality or CORE, an organization best known for leading Freedom Riders into Mississippi during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, named Haley Barbour and John Bolton as co-honoree's on its 2006 Martin Luther King Day. Barbour endorsed keeping the Confederate symbol on Mississippi's state flag in 2002 and spoke before the Council of Concerned Citizens, an organizational survival of the 1950s' era segregationist White Citizens Council. Bolton was criticised by the Congressional Black Caucus during his confirmation hearing in 2005 for allowing illegal arms shipments to Haiti while he served as under-secretary for arms control at the State Department. Karl Rove was a previous recipient of the award. Source: Ed Wiley III. "Core Names Barbour and Bolton to Get MLK Award." BET.com. January 17, 2006. Core Choices
  • In 2003 during a campaign for governor Barbour spoke at the Blackhawk Rally co-hosted by the Council of Conservative Citizens which has been described as a White Supremacist organization by the SPLC the ADL and the NAACP. A photograph of Barbour with CofCC members appeared on the CofCC webpage with his blessing.

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