AP analysis: Jim Hood, Tate Reeves could headline 2019 governor’s race

The closing weeks of June have brought the first previews of what could be Mississippi’s 2019 race for governor — Jim Hood versus Tate Reeves…

…So maybe it seems too soon to be talking about 2019. But word began to trickle out following the Democrats’ annual Jefferson-Jackson-Hamer dinner in May that the attorney general, the last heavyweight Democratic politician in Mississippi, was finally going to take a shot at the governor’s mansion. And Hood’s actions since then — wading into the midst of the state’s budget difficulties — bear that out…

…When someone else challenges Reeves, he tends to strike back, both verbally and in legislation. He seemed to recognize Hood as a threat last week, when he hurled the biggest insult a Mississippi Republican could hurl at a Democrat — linking him to President Barack Obama. Reeves also accused Hood of issuing a self-serving legal opinion to hold onto trust fund money controlled by his office.

Gulflive
6/26/16