"Once you get into that, you spend your time doing nothing else," Barbour told the AP in 2003 (via Nexis). "I don't care who has my picture. My picture's in the public domain. It gets published in newspapers every day."
He also called some of the group's beliefs "indefensible."
Barbour won that election. His opponent, Democrat Ronnie Musgrove, didn't use Barbour's appearance at the CCC event to attack him.
That may be because Musgrove, according to local news reports, had attended more than one CCC event himself during past campaigns.
In case you missed it, Barbor told The Weekly Standard, that the tumults of civil rights movement weren't so bad in his hometown of Yazoo City, and credited the segregationist Citizens Council with keeping the Ku Klux Klan out of town.
The White Citizens Council movement was founded in Mississippi in 1954, shortly after the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that outlawed segregated public schools, and was dedicated to political activities opposing civil rights -- notably boycotts of pro-civil rights individuals in Barbour's hometown, as opposed to Barbour's recollection of actions against the Klan.
In an interview with TPM yesterday, Barbour's spokesman insisted that the governor is not a racist.