Lieutenant governor’s office could reassert itself next term

Thus, in a nutshell, Bryant, though he would not admit it publicly, most likely would prefer to see a Hewes victory. And should the Hewes-Reeves race continue on its current course, which is getting more contentious by the day, it is safe to assume that it could impact the relationship of Bryant and Reeves should they win their respective races for governor and lieutenant governor.

That is not to say that Bryant and Reeves could not work together. They would. As conservative Republicans, they are not that far apart on most issues.

But of the likely four major candidates for governor and only two major candidates for lieutenant governor, a Bryant/Reeves victory, which is generally believed to be the more likely scenario, has perhaps the most potential for political drama – if not for real conflict – during the next four-year term.

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7/1/11