Geoff PENDER: 2019 right around corner on political calendars


For the first open gubernatorial race in eight years, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is the Republican heir apparent. I think he’s been running for this office since higH school….

…All indications are that Attorney General Jim Hood, the “Last Democrat in Dixie” is at long last going to answer his party’s call to run for governor. Hood is an anomaly, a statewide elected Democrat who remains popular in a deeply red state. He can raise money, and at least make it a race.

Lieutenant Governor

…Hosemann is a likely candidate. Many others are said to be at least entertaining the thought: McDaniel, state Sens. Buck Clarke, Briggs Hopson, Terry Burton; Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney (a former state senator).

I’ve even heard that U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo has been considering a statewide run — lieutenant governor, auditor, etc. That, too, would be very interesting…