Guest Column: Book details rebirth of two-party system
Power comes in many forms. The battle for it is called war. Those who prevail are the courageous.
In Mississippi in the 1950s, power was in the hands of the political hacks. The battlefields were back room county party meetings. Wirt Yerger prevailed because he was courageous.
I have known Wirt for two decades now. He is one of those unforgettable characters who irrevocably influences your life. I was fortunate enough to experience this on a personal basis. But whether you know him or not, Wirt Yerger has altered the lives of every Mississippian in the state. He was the founder of the modern Mississippi Republican Party.