Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sun-Herald: Reeves way out in front

Geoff Pender and Michael Newsom write in the Sun-Herald Tate Reeves is waaaay out in front of Billy Hewes:

"A Fabrizio McLaughlin & Associates poll of likely GOP primary voters shows State Treasurer Tate Reeves with a substantial lead over state Sen. Billy Hewes III, R-Gulfport, but with many undecided voters.

Reeves carried 51 percent, Hewes 18 percent and 31 percent were undecided. A media market breakdown shows Reeves with large leads in Jackson (70-9), Hattiesburg (64-9), Tupelo (55-10), but Hewes leading in Biloxi-Gulfport (46-18). The numbers are likely heavily based on name recognition, with 78 percent having no opinion or having never heard of Hewes.

The Hewes camp says these numbers are very preliminary, based solely on name recognition, and likely to change as campaign advertising begins in earnest. But Reeves is the most well-financed candidate in the state right now


Justin said...

I've seen quite a few of Reeve's commercials and I'm really curious what he's talking about when he talks about Mississippi's "debt." I know the term debt when used in respect to federal budget concerns the deficit and what not, but the Mississippi Constitution requires us, as a State, to have a balanced budget, ergo no "debt" in the Federal govt. sense of the word. Any clue what he's getting at? Is there he calling something else debt? Or is he just latching onto the arguments and worries about Federal debt in order to score some political points on a state level?

Kingfish said...


Justin said...

works for me.

Anonymous said...

I want Billy to win, but it looks like he is going to get beat bad. Reeves just has too much money.

Anonymous said...

Have they polled Ocean Springs?

Anonymous said...

Ouch. With numbers like that there is only one way to go.....negative.

Get ready for Billy to sling all the mud he can find.

Anonymous said...

9:40 Unfortunately for Tate, there is plenty of mud to be slung.

Anonymous said...

10:05 And there is plenty of mud for Tate to sling the other way....

Bill Dees said...

The only real duty of the Lt Governor is to preside over the Senate. In that regard, Billy has a wealth of experience and dough boy has zero. Just what is it that Reeves has ever done for a living?

Anonymous said...

I can't get excited about Phil or Tate. To be fair, I'm not excited about Dave Dennis or Billy either.

It's a pretty uninspiring group if you aren't a homer for one of these guys. And don't get me started on the Democrats.

Of course, that means there's an opportunity for a charismatic Speaker to come in and seize the political spotlight. And that's a dangerous thought.

I haven't found anyone unaffiliated with a campaign who is excited about any of these guys. No one longs for a Bryant/Reeves result, though we all seem resigned to the fact that it is inevitable. And we've had 4 years to think about it. I'm not interested in just voting against Democrats, but I guess that's what November will be about.

And no, I'm not advocating for a third party, or protest votes, or anything like that. Just give me better candidates.

Rant over. That feels better.

Anonymous said...

Bill, your logic is the same question many asked in the last LG race, but logic was out the window...

11:20, I think you, myself and MANY others feel the same way...

Anonymous said...

10:05 And there is plenty of mud for Tate to sling the other way....

It is more likely that Tater will be throwing double cheeseburgers and chili cheese dogs since so many of them seem to be at his ready disposal.

Anonymous said...

I guess all those people who have Tate Reeves signs on their properties are not excited about Tate, but feel sorry for him.

Works for me.

Anonymous said...

Two foreclosed (and empty) homes on my NEJax street have Reeves signs on their front lawns.

Hope that works for you too!

Frugal Gal said...

We don't have many (or any) "good" candidates anymore because fitness to lead as a consideration went out the window AGES ago.

The parties, for the most part, guide who will be in the right place to make a run. When they do end up with an actual primary race, establishment support usually lines up behind the one who they believe they can get the most use out of. Note that I didn't say who they thought would be the better public servant.

People who value privacy for themselves and their families are going to stay FAR away from campaigns. The few who are still ruled by idealism and who actually get elected something learn the rules quickly -- the people didn't hire you, the money did.

Public service used to be a noble calling, now it's a means to an end. Political science departments produce future lawyers who hope years of party sycophancy will earn them a spot on some ballot somewhere. People who want to serve in non-elected positions get bitched at in newspapers and radio shows as being lazy, stupid, and "living off the taxpayers," on top of not getting paid THAT WELL.

Today, the REAL public servants of America are conducting their work in non-profits. And those people are staying as far away as possible from elective politics.

Finally, consider the ego a person has to have to be willing to run for something -- THOSE are the people who we want leading us?

Anonymous said...

11:20, well said. Don't like Bryant/Reeves, don't know the other two. This coming from a Rankin County homer, which is probably why I don't like Bryant/Reeves.

I kind of feel like when Reagan was term-limited from running again. I really don't want Haley to go, he's been a great governor. Bryant will never be able to fill his shoes. And Tate, well, he won't have very high expectations to live up to, judging by his predecessor's performance.

Tate just strikes me as a political climber. In 8 years will we see his campaign for governor? Or even senator? Those types of politicians unsettle me. He's in it for Tate, not to serve the public.

Anonymous said...

@11:50 -- I suppose they could be excited about him or they could feel sorry for him, as you propose. A third possibility is that they feel compelled to feign support or excitement in order to gain favor if/when he is elected. You wouldn't want the Lt. Gov. (current or future) to think you aren't on his team, now would you? And, yes, I can tell you that I've seen people write checks to campaigns that they grumble about supporting. Even/especially this year.


Anonymous said...

Why must we continue to elect full time politicians simply because we recognize their names because they are - "full time politicians"?
That is the worst action we can take. Dave Dennis would be a Governor like Haley (very good). Billy can run the legislature . He has no name reconiton (outside the Coast) because he has worked sensibly as a legislator. He is not a full time state wide pol.If Dennis and Hewes are THAT far behind - Mississippi we have a problem. Think hard about it.

Fredrick Mckinley said...

Tate Reeves has proven himself as a great fiscal conservative as State Treasurer. He cutted spending, changed borrowing practices, and protected the taxpayers' money. He possessed the values and beliefs of a strong conservative. He wants to move Mississippi forward in a new and vibrant way. He has done a tremendous job as State Treasurer and I believe he will do an even better job as Lieutenant Governor. I believe in you Tate Reeves!

Anonymous said...

With poll numbers like these, you can bet the mud is about to be slinging from Hewes camp

Anonymous said...


I have a couple questions for you. I don't really care to get in the comment debate club but, have you read your post?

"cutted spending"... nevermind the gramatical error. Do you realize who is responsible for spending in this state? The Legislature, not the Treasurer.

"changed borrowing practices"... what?

"protected the taxpayers' money"... like guarded it with a gun?

"He possessed the values and beliefs of a strong conservative."... I hope he still does.

"He wants to move Mississippi forward in a new and vibrant way."... Who doesn't?

Look, I firmly believe Tate will be our next Lt Gov., but it looks like you drank the koolaid.

Anonymous said...

Fredrick forgot to add that Tate wants every household to eat more cheeseburgers and pizza.

Anonymous said...

9:34...... Nice articulate argument

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