Haley Barbour’s Son Doesn’t Take Criticism Well

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 01: Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour testifies before the House Energy Committee about the impact of the health care reform act on states during a hearing on Capitol Hill March 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. Barbour, a popoular two-term governor, is considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2011 Getty Images

After Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol wrote a scathing piece about Haley Barbour's support for cutting the Pentagon's budget and drawing down in Afghanistan, Barbour's son, Sterling, e-mailed Kristol to give him a piece of his mind. "I am a private person and don't want him to run," Sterling revealed in a missive that was somehow obtained by the AP. "I'd prefer not to listen to people like you talk bad about any member of my family." He continued:

"My dad would tell me to leave this alone. And for the record, I have never heard him say an ill word against you. And he never will. He is the consummate team player. Maybe we should rename him the anti-you?" Sterling Barbour wrote.

Maybe we should rename him the anti-you? Better work on these comebacks if you're going to flip out over every pundit who criticizes your dad during the campaign.

Haley Barbour's son doesn't want dad to run [AP]