Pender: Senate Backlash to ‘Tater’ Brewing


English: These are what tater tots look like.

English: These are what tater tots look like. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A group of 15 Republican senators — about half of the GOP ranks and nearly a third of the chamber — held a secret meeting(s) last week to discuss their displeasure with Maximus Tater. As with most things at the Capitol, it didn’t stay secret very long. But I should note, they really, really didn’t want this column coming out today.

They are trying to form a “conservative coalition.” Their stated goal will be something along the lines of “working within the Senate structure of leadership, but at the same time making sure the will of the people is allowed to flourish and reaffirm the legislative process.”

But their real raison d’etre is they’re getting tired of what they describe as Lt. Gov. Reeves’ iron-fisted control over anything they do and the lack of access to his inner circle of Senate leadership (known affectionately around the Capitol as the “Tater Tots”).

Now, dissension in Senate GOP ranks started brewing long before, when Reeves took office. He sidelined a handful of up-and-coming Republican lawmakers because they supported his primary opponent, former Sen. Billy Hewes III, R-Gulfport, or because they were Bryant loyalists. They were put in “time out,” as some have joked, stripped of any true leadership positions. Some thought it would be temporary punishment, but it continues now into a second year.

But the number of discontented appears to have grown. Some GOP lawmakers complain they have less input, clout and access on decisions than some Democrats in the Republican 31-20 majority Senate.

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4 responses to “Pender: Senate Backlash to ‘Tater’ Brewing

  1. Reblogged this on Lgcvano's Blog and commented:
    I believe if a poll were taken, Reeves would be voted the smartest, most adept politician in the state right now, maybe Most Likely to Succeed. He learned much at the feet of the political master, former Gov. Haley Barbour.
    This needs a bit of modification. If you believe that Tate has learned IN THE PAST FROM THE Gov-emeritus, realize he still takes plenty of advice from HB. If you think old politicians fade into the woodwork, think again when was the last time you saw Haley Barbour speak to a beautiful blond on Fox News?

    • Julie Patrick

      Also, the claim that bills died in committee because Reeves was holding a tight conservative line on spending and the disgruntled republicans are due to not having funding for their pet projects is to be put mildly a stretch on the truth. Bills that died in committee are those that cost no tax dollars, yet were bills that restored our constitutional freedoms. It is the Liberty Bills that died.

  2. michael payne

    If Tate is killing bills that affect our constitutional rights he needs to go!

  3. joe

    If Tate Reeves is a student of Haley Barbour then he is a big government elitist and needs to go. We need people to stand up to Washington not people like Haley Barbour who is/was a Washington Lobbyist. He wants Big government and regulation to help him get rich and powerful through lobbying. Mr. Reeves can push to bring these constitional 2nd Amendment bills up for a full vote in the senate and house. It seems he is going against the Constitution affirmation bills.

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