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Now That Reeves Has Made It Official…

February 3, 2011
tags: 2011 Lt. Governor, Tate Reeves
by Brett

State Treasurer Tate Reeves announced last night that he will formally kick off his campaign for lieutenant governor on Monday with a series of stops, beginning with his hometown of Florence.

Stops on his three day tour include: Florence, Olive Branch, Tupelo, Leland, Pascagoula, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Columbus, Magee, and Laurel. Here is a copy of the flyer announcing his tour.

Reeves issued this statement: “I’m running for Lt. Governor to fight for policies that will make our state the best place for small businesses and entrepreneurs to expand their businesses, innovate and create jobs. We need an outsider as Lt. Governor – someone with a private sector background who has training in economics and experience managing money. As Lt. Governor I will continue to act as a watchdog for taxpayers and will always put Mississippi first. My top priorities will be improving public education, making state government more efficient and accountable and creating the best possible environment for creating new jobs and economic growth.”

Reeves basically confirmed what everyone knew, but he is- I believe- the last card to fall in the 2011 deck. The two-term treasurer will be pitted against state Sen. Billy Hewes in the race to replace Phil Bryant. As of right now, the Republican primary is the general election with no Democratic candidate qualified.

In the race to replace Reeves, state Sen. Lee Yancey is already in. Lucien Smith and Lynn Fitch were waiting on Reeves to make his formal announcement before officially revealing their plans; so I would expect to hear something from them in the very near future.

** Keep up with all the statewide candidates at the 2011 Big Board.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. tim permalink
    February 3, 2011 10:08 am

    i find it quite facsinating that a two-term, state wide elected politician can try to claim the “outsider” status. Tate must feel a vulnerability there…

  2. MSDawg permalink
    February 3, 2011 11:11 am

    Versus the 4 term state Senator he is running against…..

  3. conservativecat76 permalink
    February 3, 2011 4:07 pm

    At least the 4 term Senator has operated a business during his time in office. You have to remember that legislative seats aren’t full time gigs. Tate basically went from being educated to being in office. A year or two removed from law school (with no financial background) and a former staffer for Haley is trying
    to do the same thing.

    • MSDawg permalink
      February 4, 2011 10:58 am

      I am pretty sure Tate Reeves did not go to law school….And was employed with Trustmark or some other firm as a financial analyst before being elected Treasurer. So nice try…

      Full time or not, he is and has been apart of the system for nearly 20 years……. I’ll take my chances with someone who has not been apart of the MS Legislature, because they all need to go.

  4. Yankee Clipper permalink
    February 4, 2011 3:41 pm

    “I’ll take my chances with someone who has not been apart of the MS Legislature, because they all need to go.”

    A smart man once told me, politically on the local level, things only really change after a cycle of “first class funerals”, unfortunately we don’t have the luxury to await nuture to run its course. Conservatives need to more than ever get to work changing the faces and ideology of of state legislature.

  5. Tim permalink
    February 5, 2011 9:18 am

    So by that logic, we must vote against Phil Bryant, Stacey Pickering, EVERY incumbent member of the legislature …. Anyone who has served?

  6. rubradog permalink
    February 5, 2011 11:42 am

    Get rid of the entire legislature? You want NO experience in whoever gets to run the place? A more rational approach would be to get rid of the current leadership, the McCoy “team” specifically, and let the conservatives in the House have a shot at running it. Since McCoy got in power 8 years ago the conservatives have been frozen out of all positions of power or leadership. In McCoy’s first term as Speaker he put some conservatives in as chairmen but he quickly neutralized them by refusing to allow bills to be sent to their committees if the legislation was favorable to conservatives. In his second term, which he barely won after harassing one of Jeff Smith’s supporters into changing her vote, he filled every chairmanship with leftwingers and/or personal loyalists. The point is that the conservatives in the House have not had any leadership opportunities.

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