Former Mississippi governor Phil Bryant discloses his text messages regarding welfare scandal

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Former Mississippi governor Phil Bryant has taken the gloves off.

In a video posted on Thursday, Bryant described himself as a “whistleblower” who reported “wrongdoing of others” to the responsible state agency. He also released all of his text messages, abandoning any claim of “executive privilege” in order to keep them hidden.

Bryant says the text messages will reveal that he was a “busy man,” doing his best to run the government of the state of Mississippi.

We haven’t picked through the text message yet. The real question, for these purposes, is whether and to what extent the text messages show that Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre knew or should have known the sources of the public funds that he allegedly was trying to steer toward a University of Southern Mississippi volleyball center.

Even as Bryant discloses the text messages, he complains about mischaracterization of his text messages that has yet to happen. He complains about mischaracterization about messages already released. At times, it feels as if maybe he doth protest too much.

Regardless, today’s developments should help everyone looking for the truth to get there, whatever the truth might be. Among those particularly interested in the text messages will be the lawyers representing Pat McAfee and Shannon Sharpe, both of whom have been sued by Favre for defamation based on statements made regarding his alleged role in the controversy.

32 responses to “Former Mississippi governor Phil Bryant discloses his text messages regarding welfare scandal

  1. Whistleblower? Man, I’m using that. “Yes, officer I was speeding but I’m a whistleblower exposing all the people around me that are speeding. So yeah, go arrest those awful lawbreakers”…

  2. Favre is just dumb enough to truly believe his actions were “normal.”

  3. Dust off the recliner, and grab a BIGLY bucket o’ popcorn, this sordid morass is about to git a lot more intristingr!!!

    (mis-spellings somewhat intentional…. I think)

  4. 36 people took money. Favre is the only name brought up constantly. Curious…..

  5. The words “text messages” and “Brett Favre” have never lead to anything good…

  6. Well he’s not disclosing them because they’re gonna make HIM look bad.

    So the question is, WHO is going to look bad?

    Mr Favre, your thoughts?

  7. Well, I think I speak for many when I say that if the resolution of this case makes Shannon Sharpe shut up for, say, five minutes, it’s a great day for America.

  8. bryant is a turd trying to set favre up to take the fall. leave him alone!

  9. What has four ‘I’s and can’t see that they elect and worship crooks?

  10. Favre returning millions of dollars for speeches he never made is all you need to know. Why was he charging the state that much in the first place?

  11. Typical stoolpigeon take as many other people down with you so you don’t look so bad. Who signed the checks that were distributed, I don’t think Favre had the authority to write checks for the state.

  12. The most corrupt state in the union (sorry, Louisiana, you only came in second this time) was run by this grifter and many, many others who used the welfare system like a piggy bank for personal profit and vanity projects.

    Whether they will ever be truly accountable is debatable, but their level of corruption is indefensible in a normal society.

  13. austinspencer says:
    May 4, 2023 at 11:38 pm
    All politicians are liars.

    This is a true statement. However, it is like saying ‘all quarterbacks throw interceptions’. The volume of ‘lies’ and the volume of interceptions must be also stated to provide the full picture. Otherwise it implies they are all the same. I don’t know where this guy falls in the range of lying politicians, but I am guessing he is above average.

  14. Seems to me that anyone has the right to ask their local Government to finance any project. It is up to the Powers That Be to say yes or no. If they say yes then I don’t care where the money “comes from” as it wasn’t my decision.
    Same with the speeches. They ask me to do it. I set my price. They say yes or no. Now if I don’t deliver said speeches then I pay back my fee, minus any expenses incurred.
    Nothing an individual citizen does in either case seems criminal. Whether those holding the purse strings can say the same is doubtful.

  15. And many people thought that things couldn’t get any worse for Favre than his final 2010 season in Minnesota.

  16. There are few if any things that the rich and powerful hate more than being held to the same laws as the commoners.

  17. chiefsfannc says:
    May 4, 2023 at 9:50 pm

    What is wrong with building a youth volleyball center?


    Nothing, if you don’t do it with stolen/misappropriated funds.

  18. What is wrong with building a youth volleyball center?

    Using dontated private funds, not a thing. But illegally using money intended for the poor? That’s certainly not the way to do it.

  19. because he innocent. bryant trying to throw him under the bus.

    Tabasco says:
    May 5, 2023 at 10:46 am
    And why hasn’t Favre been charged with anything?

  20. Wow, in that picture the governor looks like a combination of Jerry Springer and the guy that told Pesci to go get his shine box

  21. chiefsfannc says:
    May 4, 2023 at 9:50 pm
    What is wrong with building a youth volleyball center?

    What’s wrong is that Favre took money that was earmarked for poor people in Mississippi to build it. Read the back story and you will see.

  22. chiefsfannc says:
    May 4, 2023 at 9:50 pm
    What is wrong with building a youth volleyball center?
    Tabasco says:
    May 5, 2023 at 10:46 am
    And why hasn’t Favre been charged with anything?

    To answer the 1st question, nothing as long as it’s legal which this wasn’t, money was diverted from the state welfare program and they claim Favre knew it because he specifically asked “is the media going find out I received money or how much?”. He’s also listed as a person involved in misappropriation of $77mil of welfare funds.


    #2) probably because it’s an on-going investagation and isn’t complete yet. Better question why did Favre take money and then not give the speeches he had agreed to give? He agreed to pay the money back SO WHAT? Well that doesn’t make him innocent of taking it in the first place and he like anyone else should stand trial and if found guilty he should do jail time!

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