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Polling Puts Reeves Up By 40

July 6, 2011

Polling done by On Message Inc. for the Tate Reeves campaign finds the state treasurer up by a very comfortable (slight understatement) 56-16 margin over Billy Hewes in the race to be the next lieutenant governor. The polling gives Reeves a 60-5 favorability spread versus only a 26-13 spread for Hewes. Other findings showed Reeves got his highest marks in the Jackson market, while also even leading in the Gulfport-Biloxi market (home base of Hewes).

Since negative ads have become a pretty significant issue here, the poll shows that 28 percent of voters who had seen a Hewes ad were less likely to vote for him because of it; versus only 26 percent would said they would be more likely.

Here is the analysis of findings sent out by the Reeves campaign:

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As for the polling firm, On Message has done work for a number of Republicans in Mississippi including the state party, Sen. Thad Cochran and Rep. Steven Palazzo.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. C Jones permalink
    July 7, 2011 9:23 pm

    Anyone read the Desota County Times regarding Tate?

  2. Dontreadonme permalink
    July 8, 2011 12:17 pm

    C. Jones,
    Are you talking about the 2.5 million in missing money from the Health Care Trust Fund?
    It amazes me that republicans are supporting this kind of corruption, but then again…

  3. C Jones permalink
    July 8, 2011 1:59 pm

    Only the Republicans who have not pulled the Tate wool from their eyes. Now is the time for accountability!

  4. Olemiss88 permalink
    July 8, 2011 3:20 pm

    You couldn’t possibly be talking about the article written by BILL MINOR of all people?

    And speaking of supporting corruption, I think this comment left on the Sun Herald’s article at least deserves looking into. Its very hard to deny the facts when they’re on an unbaised state website…I wish one of the blogs would at least look into this claim.

    For those of you that are so convinced that Mr. Hewes is a conservative, Will you please humor me and check out the site below:
    www. Merlin.state.ms.us. Follow the directions listed:
    1. Choose Transparency Mississippi on the left
    2. Choose Transparency on the left
    3. Choose Workforce on the left
    4. Choose Salary and Statistics
    5. On this page, scroll down the job titles to: DMR Chief of Staff. There is only ONE INDIVIDUAL in this entire State workforce that has this title. To the right, you will see the entry level pay, and next, the topped out pay. The last figure, $86,382.68 per year, plus perks, is the amount that this individual makes. And guess who this individual is? Someone with a Master’s Degree or PhD? Oh, no… It is Billy Hewes’ brother-in-law, Joe Ziegler, who holds NO DEGREE. This cushy job was made just for him.

    Want more evidence of how conservative Mr. Hewes is? Well, just go back to #3 on the list above.
    4. Then choose Contracts on the left
    5. Scroll down to the second blue line in the middle of the page to (Contract Worker Contracts). And just below that is: Mississippi Accountability and Transparency Act of 2008 (MATA) Contract Worker Contracts. Double click on this.
    6.Select the Agency group name….(Scroll down to Marine Resources and choose it)
    7. Hit Select Inquiry
    8. On the next screen, choose the number 44 (under active contracts)
    9, Scroll all the way to the bottom to Constance Ziegler. Click on the contract number out to the side (0062914)
    As you can see….This contract was awarded in Nov 8, 2010 and just ended June 30, 2011. For 7 months of “service”, ie research, Constance Ziegler gets $50,669.00. And guess who Constance Ziegler is? You guessed it! Billy Hewes’ brother-in-law’s wife.
    So, you folks see..Mr. Hewes, IMHO, is out for personal gain….and if he is elected, his entire family will be given jobs that they don’t deserve. Billy the Hewes has surely pulled a good one on you guys!! Just like he does the public!

    Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2011/06/30/3240343/tate-reeves-campaign-partly-funded.html#ixzz1RXhnnzYc

    • Coast Rat 4ever permalink
      July 9, 2011 11:10 am

      Quick comment on Joe Zieger not having a college degree and being paid $86k. All I wanna say is that I don’t necessarily see a restriction on what Zieglrr should be compensated and not having a degree. I’m in the food and beverage business and have numerous colleagues without a degree who make well over that. NowI realize that I’m comparing govt to private sector so maybe we have apples to oranges here. All I wanna say is that there are plenty of smart, we-qualified and competent folks out there with no degree who go far and do well on life. So I just don’t see how the lack of a degree plays into this one. Any way, just my opinion…but admittedly I’m def a Billy supporter!

  5. Dontreadonme permalink
    July 8, 2011 5:59 pm

    Hotty Totty-
    I never stated Billy Hewes is a conservative. I stated this corruption is wrong. I called out Haley Barbour for giving his niece in law a no-bid contract to maintain FEMA trailer parks post Katrina.

    If Hewes directly hired his brother-in-law for these jobs it would also be nepotism, but to say his brother in law can not work for the State because Hewes is a Legislator is splitting hairs. There are many people that work for the State and a relative is in a elected office.

    What concerns me is all the corruption being unveiled in the Treasurers office. The amount of money missing and the corrupt cronyism that favors contributors. I would put this along the lines of the cull cow corruption. It will be intresting to find out what Tate has really been up too…

  6. Seriousvoter permalink
    July 9, 2011 9:53 am

    Very interesting article. Remember it takes three people to make financial decisions in our state – the governor, the lt. governor, and the treasurer. The amount of money supposedly missing is too large to have only one person involved. Let’s ask Phil Bryant and Haley Barbour what they know about this? If it is true why is Bourbor and or Bryant not calling for an independant audit? Why has Jim Hood not pushed further with his inquiry – he is not known to give up so easily. Maybe it is all overstated and not worth pursuing unless you are running for office against Reeves?

    • Ivehadbetter permalink
      July 9, 2011 11:54 am

      “Remember it takes three people to make financial decisions in our state – the governor, the lt. governor, and the treasurer. ”

      Please explain. I’m confused.

  7. Seriousvoter permalink
    July 9, 2011 4:41 pm

    Once any spending bill or investment etc. are approved through the legislature they go to a three man panel for final approval. The treasurer cannot arbitrarily invest state money, spend state money etc with the approval of this 3 man/woman panel consisting of the governor, lt. governor, and treasurer. In many cases Jim Hood is also involved if there are legal questions involved. This is standard procedure and has been as far as I remember – which is a long time.

  8. Seriousvoter permalink
    July 9, 2011 4:43 pm

    I am sorry, I meant “without the approval of this 3 man/woman

    • Ivehadbetter permalink
      July 9, 2011 11:23 pm

      I think you are mixing up some stuff.

      Spending measures, or appropriations, are final upon the normal legislative process.

      I suppose you are talking about the Bond Commission. The three members are Gov, Treasurer, and Atty Gen. Lt Gov isn’t on it. This panel votes to issue debt once the legislature has authorized it.

      Hope this helps.

  9. Dontreadonme permalink
    July 10, 2011 8:57 pm

    I don’t think they are talking about the bond commission, rather the HTCF.

    Responsibility:
    “Reeves by law chairs the board charged with oversight of the HCTF”

    Stubborn or Hiding something?
    “A citizen, using Freedom of Information warrants to pry out of Reeves’ office records and minutes of the HCTF board meetings, uncovered and informed the board in a December 16, 2008 letter instances of costly mismanagement of the fund’s investments.”

    Contract Violation or Rascalism?
    “Essentially, the citizen’s letter made several allegations that the state (HCTF) had received only 10 percent of rebates from commissions paid to investment consultants or brokers. A standing contract on such investments dating back to Treasurer Marshall Bennett’s administration calls for the state to recapture 50 percent of the commissions. Reeves’ office contends there is no contractural requirement to rebate a percentage of investment commissions to the state. However, there is no record Bennett’s contractual form has been rescinded.
    Cronyism or proper investigation?

    “As revealed from the documents turned up by Dunbar’s whistle-blowing, an analysis of the allegations was ordered by Reeves, but rather than an independent audit it was made by an auditor previously employed by Reeves.”

    How did the auditor investigate?
    “The auditor amazingly admits that he “performed no specific analysis” of Dunbar’s allegation.”
    What did the Attorney General do?

    “a 2009 letter from Atty. Gen. Jim Hood to Max Arinder, director of the PEER committee and State Auditor Stacey Pickering. Hood enclosed a copy of Dunbar’s allegations as well as the auditor’s report hired by Reeves. He asked both Arinder and Pickering to make their recommendations.”

    What was their recommendations? typical?
    “Arinder responded, stating his committee had approved a preliminary inquiry. Hood got no response from Pickering.”

    Tate Reeves response to the missing 2.5 million…What about the Contract?
    “is ‘Any efforts to ‘recover’ (commissions) would be legally futile as it is the (money) manager’s discretion to direct trades,”

    Either Tate is incompetent & ignorant or corrupt. He can’t blame this one on anyone else.

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