Is Mississippi Senator Trent Lott resigning because the news that he’s been involved with a male escort is about to break? That’s what the folks over at BigHeadDC.com are implying.
According to an article posted to the site yesterday, the word on the street is that the 66-year-old Lott, who is married (to a woman), has been known to call on the services of Benjamin Nicholas, “a twenty-something boy-next-door type with reddish blond hair and a brilliantly white smile.”
Not one to kiss and tell, Nicolas told Big Head DC in an e-mail yesterday that “Trent is going through his fair share of scrutiny right now and I don’t want to add to it. All I can say at this point is ‘no comment.’ It’s the professional thing for me to do.”
Nicholas changed his tune somewhat in a subsequent communiqué that followed later in the day. “Here’s my public comment, on-the-record: Sen. Lott and I have no current affiliation with one another,” he said. “I’m sure he would appreciate no further scrutiny.”
Big Head DC claims to have “e-mail and other records” that confirm that Lott and Nicolas have met on at least two occasions.
Lott announced early yesterday that he will step down from his seat by the end of the year. He is the sixth incumbent Republican senator to retire before the 2008 election.
“It’s time to do something else,” the 66-year-old said during a press conference in Pascagoula, Miss. “I don’t know what the future holds. A lot of options, hopefully, will be available.”
Lott’s 35-year career turned into a roller coaster ride the past decade. Although he served as Senate majority leader from 1996 to 2002, he resigned from that post over a remark some interpreted as support for segregation.
Following last year’s elections, Lott regained a leadership role within the Republican party when he was named whip, the No. 2 job behind minority leader Mitch McConnell.
According to a Bloomberg report, Lott said he began thinking about retiring in August because he wanted to leave on a positive note.
“There’s no malice, no anger,” he added. “There’s nothing but happiness and pride at the job that I’ve been allowed to do by the people of Mississippi and by my colleagues in the House and Senate.”