Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Waller Waves Goodbye

 Former Chief Justice and failed gubernatorial candidate Bill Waller, Jr. will not run for Governor.   Speculation ran rampant Mr. Waller would run against Governor Tate Reeves as an independent.  However, Mr. Waller met with his family and chose to stay on the sidelines.   It appears there will be a Mano a Mano matchup between Governor Reeves and Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. 


Anonymous said...

Excellent decision. Being a spoiler for the Republican Party is not a good legacy.

Anonymous said...

Smart decision. After the crybaby got his thin skin hurt last time saying that Reeves ran a dirty campaign and refused to endorse the Republican nominee after his defeat, he would have a hard time selling some of us that we should support him again this year.

Reeves basically ignored him through the first primary - certainly did nothing that could be claimed negative. When it went into a runoff, Reeves campaign did what normal campaigns would do - pointed to the weaknesses of their opponent - something I guess Chief Justice Waller was not used to having to put up with while on the bench.

But Waller did the same - remember the commercial depicting Tater as being a young tot in the kindergarten playground? Guess Waller thought 'negative' only went one way.

And, Waller couldn't beat him this year - could have made him spend a lot of money, and let his handler Josh make a lot of money - but in the end, would be doing nothing but helping Brandon. Which may have been Democrat Waller's intent all along.

Anonymous said...

Well…Presley will be offended if someone steps on his blue suede shoes….will he be the next cry baby? Tate is going in because the real voters see what he has done to put the mayor of jackson (lower case j until it becomes a substantial element in society) in his rightful place. On another note, the Zoo should be decommissioned and the animals sent to other Zoos who can properly care for exotic animals. It’s not humane to keep the animals at the jackson Zoo and let them suffer due to incompetence.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely can't stand Tate but cannot vote for a Dem.. I suspect there are a lot of people who feel the same way.

Anonymous said...

Being on the bench tends to make one assume his shit don't stink, as it were. Waller, as every soul who rides the pine in a black robe, thinks (or knows) he is not to be crossed, vocally opposed, criticized or even smirked at while all robed-up. The power to cite people for contempt has got to be an overwhelming feeling. And when one retires and takes that pious persona into his new world....he's got a reckonin' comin'. Maybe the boy needs a Harley and a trip past Waterworks Curve to pump his ego.

Anonymous said...

I like the Waller family more than Reeves, but that last campaign did not go well. Waller needs to stay out and keep his mouth shut.

Anonymous said...

What a sad day for Mississippi! Chief Justice Waller cares more about the state and the people of Mississippi than he cares about political parties. That’s a rare, underappreciated quality. Chief Justice Waller is not only brilliant, but he’s also a genuinely kind person with impeccable character. He’s exactly what this state needs! Unlike many politicians, he’s the type of person who would be willing to reach across the aisle to find the best possible solution for an issue. One day I hope that people can look at the actual candidate, instead of just the political party!

Anonymous said...

Not @4:35 but, rather, in regard to 4:35's comment, yes, Tate is going in again. But it's not based on Tate's record, nor is it based on his party affiliation. Right or wrong, like it or not, most people vote color, and you know I don't mean red or blue, either. And *that* is why Tate will return to office.

Anonymous said...

Support Reeves, Abolish State Income Tax, top priority, State is at a big disadvantage against Tennessee, Florida and Texas.

Anonymous said...

"he’s the type of person who would be willing to reach across the aisle"

That policy hasn't worked in decades. (For local,state or national politics).

Anonymous said...

If Waller were such a liberal, why did Tate want his endorsement?

Maybe Waller’s problem is that he actually cares for people’s good and well-being instead of pandering to the type of person who thinks capitalization is subjective. He would have be great for Mississippi, and I’m bummed he’s not running.

Anonymous said...

6:21 PM
Does that apply to the Jackson peanut galley as well?

Anonymous said...

621, statistics proves you wrong. Or at least, half wrong.

One 'group' votes a straight ballot, based on color. When color is equal, that same group votes on party; always the same party.

The other 'group' is segmented, with the larger segment (60%) voting Repub; the smaller segment (12 +/-%) voting Dem; and the remaining segment moving back and forth, depending generally on the candidate. Sometimes on the issues. Sometimes a combination of candidate and issues

MS is 37% black; Dems baseline number is 44%. With the black vote being cast 95% for the Dem, there are clearly a break in the other 'group'.

Understand your theory - and the result is as you state it. BUt the basis of your theory needs a little refinement.

And, Reeves wins in November - and would have beaten Waller again should he have run. After Waller exposed himself, and his lack of preparation for the race (thinking he didn't need to think through it ahead of time) his numbers this time would have dropped 5% or more.

Anonymous said...

808, Any candidate would want, and expect, a party primary opponent to give at least lip-service with an endorsement. But a bigger reason is that those folks that voted for Waller, to a large degree, were Republican voters - and as the Republican candidate, he wanted to show a unifed party.

Find me any candidate, in any election here in Mississippi or elsewhere, where the winner of the nomination did not solicit the endorsement of his party challengers after the race was over; regardless of their disagreements. And show me the very few losers that refused to do so. (OK, there is Chris here in 2014, but lets go to normal campaigns.)

Anonymous said...

Waller running was nothing more than MT's wet dream. Presley doesn't have a chance.

Anonymous said...


"Support Reeves, Abolish State Income Tax, top priority, State is at a big disadvantage against Tennessee, Florida and Texas."

Damn right. The only difference in Mississippi and those states is State income tax. Gotcha.

Anonymous said...

Tate’s personality doesn’t help his campaign; however, what he has done for the State over the past 4 years has been great strategic leadership. He’s a smart guy and is on the right track to eliminate the State income tax to help bring businesses to Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

If the state income tax is eliminated, other taxes will make up the lost revenue. The overall tax burden simply will shift.

Take It To The Bank said...


Breaking: Waller will be appointed to head up the Justice Division of the Capitol Police and Prosecution squad. To calm the natives, he's bringing in Rukia and Blackmon in advisory capacities.

Stokes will be asked to write the policy and procedures manual. Queen Mary will be tapped as Drug Czar and McDaniel is expected to be targeted as the new legislative liaison (someone who can effectively work both sides of the aisle).

Anonymous said...

Held my nose and voted for Tate last go round. Wasn't a fan of any of the Republicans. Waller has the "I'm a judge and I know best, don't question me" mentality. I get it, most politicians have it, but he really does have it big time. Had LOW expectations of Tate, however he held office in a difficult time and to my mind didn't embarrass the state. Sad to say but that is all I try to expect from public officials these days, local, state and especially those sent to Washington. I will vote for Tate again and would have in the primary against Waller. Dreading another round of elections though. UGH!

Anonymous said...

Muchacha a Mano

Anonymous said...

If state income tax is eliminated, we will end up with the crushingly high property taxes of Texas. Mississippi doesn't have the tourism of TN, much less FL, to make up the difference. I voted for Trump in 2016 and 2020 and Jim Hood in 2019 because I support expanded Medicaid. This year I won't bother voting at all.

Anonymous said...

@ 10:43 and millions more people, and industry and many other revenue streams than Mississippi. They can eliminate the income tax because they take in WAY more from other areas than Mississippi does.

Anonymous said...

Republican who voted for Waller last time.
Guess it will have to be Tate this time? Haven't been impressed with Presley so far. He sounds like an absolute redneck, and hasn't made any comments other than to say how awful Tate is. His being Elvis' 2nd cousin twice removed does not impress me and does not qualify him for office.

Anonymous said...

It's truly astounding how many people are commenting that Chief Justice Waller is entitled or thinks his **** don't stink just from his time as a Judge. I'd be interested to see how many of them have actually met or know him because I've never heard anyone else say the same anything even remotely similar to those comments.

...Me thinks the comments are from either Tater's PR team or a whole bunch of voters who believe Tater can do no wrong because he's a "Republican."

Anonymous said...

The present election cycle is not that interesting. It will be a story of incumbents. What's going to be interesting is four years from now watching chowder-heads like Fitch, Watson and Hoseman on the ticket for Governor with one of the Blackmon twins opposite.

Anonymous said...

Who the hell is M.T.?

And 4:06 - Maybe it's because you hang out at the law office and country club and most commoners don't.

Anonymous said...

"It’s not humane to keep the animals at the jackson Zoo and let them suffer due to incompetence."

It's not humane to have a zoo in the first place.

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