Partisan politics at heart of Lt. gov. speeches

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Tim Johnson blasted state leaders Wednesday at the Nesoba County Fair for not expanding the state’s Medicaid program and accepting federal dollars as part of the federal Affordable Care Act.

“Whether you like it or not, it’s the law of the land,” Johnson said. “It just doesn’t make sense to me for our state leaders to turn their backs on this money.”…

…The man Johnson would like to replace, incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, told an enthusiastic fair crowd that he had a surprise for them. That surprise: “You are looking at a lieutenant governor who has kept his promises.”

“Liberal Democrats can’t stand Republican progress,” Reeves said. “They see lower taxes, and they can’t stand it. They see a full rainy-day fund and they can’t stand it.”

Clarion Ledger