State Treasurer Tate Reeves, after long dangling his intention to seek the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor, made it official this week, having amassed a whopping $1.65 million campaign fund.
Reeves in 2003 narrowly won the Treasurer’s job at age 29 with little financial experience, largely most political observers believe, because his Democratic opponent, Gary Anderson, though a financial counselor with years of experience, had black skin.
Previously, only state Sen. Billy Hewes of Gulfport, the low profile President Pro Tempore of the Senate had announced for the GOP lieutenant governor nomination.
In the seven years Reeves has run the state treasury office with its allied functions, lawmakers and others in government concede him high marks for smarts, but low marks for personality, and hold grave concern about the wall of non-transparency he has built around his official actions.
As he indicated in the series of rallies around the state Monday announcing he will seek the No. 2 office, Reeves presented himself as a “watchdog for taxpayers” and the best candidate to fix the state’s fiscal affairs. Let’s see about that.