Latest ‘play nice’ effort could quickly unravel

Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves haven’t been holding hands and skipping through the Capitol, but they appear to have at least reached détente recently.

They’ve sung each others’ praises in public appearances or statements in recent months. They’ve appeared to back each others’ political play a couple of times, or at least refrained from taking thinly veiled shots at each other. There hasn’t been any PDA, public display of anger, such as slamming office doors or yelling at each other’s staffers. They both like U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, merit pay for teachers, long walks on the beach and sunsets, and turnoffs include Obamacare.

Heck, it’s even been more difficult to get their staffs or supporters to bad-mouth the other recently.

But a test of this new relationship looms in the 2014 legislative session with the Department of Public Safety.

Geoff Pender
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