Saturday, January 3, 2015

Giles it will be

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following press release:


JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves today issued a statement of support for the nomination of Sen. Giles Ward as Senate President Pro Tempore.

“Giles has the respect of his colleagues in the Senate because they know he has the true heart of a public servant,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “Giles is passionate about creating smart agriculture and forestry policies, protecting Mississippians’ Second Amendment rights and creating good-paying jobs across this state.”

This session, Ward championed legislation to clarify the limits on cities and counties to restrict the carrying of firearms and provide a sales tax holiday to sports enthusiasts on firearms, ammunition, hunting supplies and fishing supplies purchased the first weekend of September.

“I am honored to have the support of the Lieutenant Governor for this prestigious position,” state Sen. Ward said. “Tate has brought calm, conservative leadership to the Mississippi Senate in the last three years.  I would be honored to continue to serve on his leadership team in this capacity should the members of the Senate see fit to elect me.”

The Louisville Republican represents District 18, which includes parts of Leake, Neshoba and Winston counties. He was elected in 2008 and recently announced he will not seek re-election this year to spend more time with family.

He serves as chairman of the Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee and vice chairman of the Energy and Forestry committees.

Ward served five terms as a member of the Louisville Board of Alderman. He worked for 33 years as a regional manager with Georgia-Pacific Corp. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University. He and his wife Kay have two children.

The position of President Pro Tempore is chosen by fellow senators and presides over the Senate in the absence of the Lieutenant Governor. The position has been vacant since Sen. Terry Brown, R-Columbus, died last year. 

Kingfish note:  This choice is understandable.  The Pro Tem should serve at least two terms in the Senate.   It should be someone who knows the rules and the members very well.  He should also possess a backbone and be able to "whip" the members in line and count the votes.  The Lieutenant Governor is not going to support a Democrat.   Most of the Conservative Coalition is considered to be the anti-Tate Reeves clique. That leaves Giles Ward, Terry Burton, and a couple of others as possible candidates.   Burton flubbed redistricting and was outfoxed by Hob Bryan.  He would also want to be pro-tem next year.  The Lieutenant Governor needs Buck Clark to chair appropriations and Grey Tollison to chair education. 

 Mr. Ward assuming the position avoids those problems. He is respected by the members. He is at the end of his second term. He is no dummy and knows all of the procedural tricks and treats.  He is not running for re-election.  The Lieutenant Governor's support of Senator Ward is a nice gesture for someone who has served long and is leaving the Senate.  


And, If Nominated.... said...

How do you know he will not seek re-election? Oh, because he said so? An old Eddie Briggs trick.

Anonymous said...

4:29 - when did Briggs ever do what you allege?

And besides, Ward's announcement last summer that he wasn't going to run again was pretty clear. Granted, you obviously don't know him or know anything about him or his situation. But since you are so cynical, let's get together and make a wager on Ward's actions relative to reelection.

In the meantime, Ward is a great - and easy - choice. Disagree with several of the premises in KF's comments (Ward has not served "several terms', was only in his second; dont know exactly how KF thinks Burton got outfoxed on redistricting; obviously KF is correct in his one assumption that Reeves wouldn't support a Dem, but other than that.....)

Anonymous said...

Tater Tot's only selection criteria: someone who will do exactly what he is told(notice I didn't say "she"-that's another selection criteria, but we won't go there). Tater rules the senate with an iron fist. He doesn't let any new ideas interfere with HIS almighty agenda. Hopefully, this is the highest office he'll ever hold.

Anonymous said...

Lite weight.

Cement Pond said...

9:53....Hello! A control freak always surrounds him/herself with lightweights of the same sex. They don't develop business models. They develop psychology models.

And, If Nominated... said...

6:53; Briggs was well known for his "Elect me and it'll be a one term deal; two at most".

Why are your panties in such a wad over this non-issue.

Anonymous said...

6:38, get your facts right next time before your fingers are turned loose. Briggs (had) introduced and got passed the legislation to limit the Lt Gov position to two terms. He served one term, ran for reelection to a second term and lost.

My "panties" get in a wad when idiots like you make comments that have absolutely no basis in fact.

Anonymous said...

All this talk of panties is having a bad effect on me.

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