Reeves: Hood would wipe out ‘progress made under conservative rule’


Eric J. Shelton, Mississippi TodayMississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves speaks to members of the state Senate during a special session of the Legislature at the Capitol August 28, 2018. Reeves is expected to announce he’s running for governor sometime after the Nov. 6 election and before the 2019 legislative session begins.
Although he hasn’t formally announced his 2019 bid for governor, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves began rolling out his campaign strategy against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Hood, the state’s attorney general, on statewide radio Monday morning.
Reeves, who signaled he could officially announce his bid between the November midterms and the beginning of the 2019 legislative session on Jan. 8, warned Mississippians that electing Hood would nullify perceived economic and social gains made under his two terms as lieutenant governor.
“If we were to elect a liberal to be governor of the state of Mississippi, all of the progress we’ve made the last eight years under conservative rule, he’s going to try and change that immediately,” Reeves told Supertalk’s Paul Gallo on Monday morning.
“When you look at things like making Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child, he has said that is not a priority for him… When you talk about the economy we have today, the fact that we have the lowest unemployment rate in over 50 years in Mississippi, when you look at the fact we have more people working today than we’ve ever had in the history of our state… he wants to change all of those things.”
Since he took office in 2012, Reeves has spearheaded more than 50 tax cuts or breaks, and he supported a bill in 2018 that would ban abortions in the state after 15 weeks.
Adam GanucheauAttorney General Jim Hood announced Oct. 4 he is running for governor in his hometown of Houston.
While Reeves hopes