JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood is releasing an investigative report that says his rival in this year’s governor’s race, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, improperly sought to influence a roadbuilding project near Reeves’ neighborhood.
Hood also says Reeves impeded the investigation by withholding documents.
For more than a year, Attorney General Jim Hood has been investigating whether or not Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves improperly pressured MDOT to build a Frontage Road from the Dogwood Shopping Center to the Flowood subdivision where Reeves lives.
Hood also says Reeves impeded the investigation by withholding documents writing:
“This investigation was hampered by misleading public statements and the refusal to produce documents which should be available to the public as a matter of course. personal interviews of witnesses were limited to those persons who made full disclosures and volunteered to be interviewed.”Jim Hood
Attorney General Jim Hood is going up against Tate Reeves for governor in November.
Hood says he will not pursue any charges against Reeves.
The Tate Reeves campaign is responding saying “After a year of big talk, Jim Hood admits he proved no wrongdoing and can take no action. This is just a 43 page political dirty trick by Jim Hood. The only new information is we now know the source of this smear is the lobbyist who’s the number one contributor to Tate Reeves’ opponent.”
Hood released his 43-page document today and says a bipartisan outside review was done from two former Mississippi Supreme Court Justices including one judge appointed by Governor Phil Bryant.
However, Hood says he will not pursue any charges against Reeves.
The A.G.’s report comes more than a year after the Clarion-Ledger first reported the controversy. It said that Reeves had pushed the Mississippi Department of Transportation to speed up the widening of U.S. Highway 25, also known as Lakeland Drive, and to build a frontage road to the gated subdivision where Reeves lives in the Jackson suburb of Flowood.
The Nov. 5 governor’s election is in less than eight weeks.