STARKVILLE -The state’s press had a chance to see the two top contenders for lieutenant governor face off in a contentious exchange before the Mississippi Press Association’s annual convention in Biloxi on June 25. The forum gave state Sen. President Pro Tempore Billy Hewes of Gulfport and state Treasurer Tate Reeves an opportunity to speak to their own strengths and to their opponent’s weaknesses and neither candidate disappointed.
Hewes touted his legislative experience and maturity. Reeves ran unapologetically as a legislative outsider and touted his skills and status as a “fiscal conservative.”
Reeves recounted a contentious exchange he’d had with outgoing House Speaker Billy McCoy in a legislative hearing and his legal challenges (along with Gov. Haley Barbour) of former attorney general Mike Moore and the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi as evidence that a legislative outsider was best equipped to lead the Senate.