The state's lieutenant governor and attorney general are trading insults at Mississippi's giant house party. MPB's Ashley Norwood reports it's what many call a likely preview of the 2019 governor's race.
Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood is speaking to an audience of hundreds at the Neshoba County Fair. One minute into his speech he hints at Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.
"Total over the past 14 years our office has brought in about $3 billion dollars. Give or take a few million dollars here and there. I guess it's enough to pave somebody's driveway. You know apparently that's what the legislature's done," said Hood.
Hood says he is doing his job investigating a proposed $2 million dollar frontage road project in Flowood near Jackson. The road would connect a gated community where Reeves lives with a shopping hub.
The director of the state transportation department recently said there was political pressure to develop the frontage road project. Reeves denies it.
"In recent weeks I have been under attack by Democrats and their liberal allies in the media after a discredited and unsubstantiated news article," said Reeves.
Reeves also says Hood is working with Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama to turn Mississippi Democratic.
"They don't believe in our state's potential. They think they can break our conservative principles. They would love nothing better than to turn Mississippi blue. Are you ready to help me stop them," said Reeves.
Both officials say they will soon make a decision on the race for Mississippi Governor in 2019. Ashley Norwood, MPB News.