Fill in the missing words. Give up? The missing words are "If Mike Espy and the liberal Democrats gain the Senate..." Mike Espy is black, and if elected he will be Mississippi's first black representative in Congress. The above words were spoken by Phil Bryant, Governor of Mississippi. Instead, Bryant wants people to vote for safely-white Cindy Hyde-Smith who said that she would "be in the front row of a public hanging".. Given the "Mississippi Goddamn" and "Strange Fruit" background of Mississippi, one wonders if that state has ever left the 1940s?