In New Digital Video, Brandon Presley Says Tate Reeves “Showed Zero Backbone” In Fighting For Working Families This Legislative Session
After a legislative session where Tate Reeves and his powerful lobbyist friends once again left working families behind, Commissioner Brandon Presley released a new digital video highlighting all the ways Tate Reeves failed Mississippians.
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April 8, 2023
Nettleton, MS – After a legislative session where Tate Reeves and his powerful lobbyist friends once again left working families behind, Commissioner Brandon Presley released a new digital video highlighting all the ways Tate Reeves failed Mississippians.
“The legislative session just wrapped up this weekend and once again Tate Reeves has left working families out and showed zero backbone to stand up for our rights as citizens when it comes to the ballot initiative process,” said Commissioner Brandon Presley. “If you need $5 million and you happen to be a buddy of Tate Reeves and you want to build a volleyball court, that’s no problem. Or if you’re his trainer that teaches him how to do jumping jacks and you need $1.2 million, he’ll take care of you. But if you’re working families or small businesses, he doesn’t know who you are and doesn’t care about your community.”
“We know that Tate Reeves is about one thing and one thing only: Tate Reeves. He doesn’t care about our communities and he doesn’t know our communities,” said Commissioner Brandon Presley. “He doesn’t care about working families - and we saw no action on issues that matter to working people when it comes to things like education.”
“As governor one day one, we’ll take action on healthcare, we’ll take action on education, and we’ll make sure our voices are heard in the ballot initiative process and give people the right to vote again,” said Commissioner Brandon Presley. “We’ll say to the powerful lobbyists who have filled up Tate Reeves’ campaign coffers: the party is over. We’re returning state government to the power of the people.”
While Brandon Presley supports extending Medicaid to provide healthcare for 220,000 Mississippians and keep rural hospitals open, Tate Reeves admitted it was the right thing to do but not in his “personal political interest.” Instead of speaking up like Brandon and calling for the legislature to restore the ballot initiative process, Tate Reeves remained silent because the status quo helps him and his lobbyist pals enact their special interest agenda at the expense of Mississippi. Tate Reeves also failed to fully fund public education - even though there are millions of dollars available to give to Tate’s personal trainer or his pals.
Brandon Presley is a fighter who keeps his promises, stands up for the little guy, and isn't afraid to ruffle more than a few feathers to deliver results for hardworking Mississippi families. Brandon served as Mayor of Nettleton from 2001 to 2007, where he balanced the budget every year, cut taxes twice, and got the town moving again. As Public Service Commissioner, Brandon opened up meetings that had been closed to the public for decades, brought high-speed internet to some of the most remote and forgotten parts of Mississippi, put people back to work with the Hire Mississippi program, and saved taxpayers over 6 billion dollars.