Governor Tate Reeves, Mayor Shelton take aim at each other

The governor mentioned Mayor Shelton after he was asked a question about communicating with mayors.

Posted: Jul 27, 2020 10:13 PM
Updated: Jul 28, 2020 9:23 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - During his news briefing on Monday, Gov. Tate Reeves was asked a question about how his office was communicating with mayors during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The question mentioned Mayor Jason Shelton and Jackson's mayor, saying the city leaders did not feel like the governor's office was communicating well with them outside of his news briefings. 

Gov. Tate Reeves speaking during a coronavirus news conference

"We've worked very very hard to communicate weekly, early on and pretty regularly with mayors. Mayors, like the one in Tupelo, who has decided he'd rather play politics in the middle of this pandemic than focus on what's right for his constituents and that's certainly his prerogative. He certainly wants to attack attack attack and play the blame game. There will be plenty of time for the blame game, there will be plenty of time for us to look back and say, well maybe we should have done this or maybe we should have done that, but now is not the time. When you're in the middle of a pandemic, the likes of which we haven't seen in over 100 years, anybody that has any sense is going to put politics aside and focus on doing what's right for our constituents," Reeves said.

WTVA 9 News reached out to Mayor Shelton for his response. He sent the following statement: 

“Tupelo has led the way in responding to Covid-19 and we have listened to local, state, and national health care providers every step of the way. We have followed the science in Tupelo and I will be glad to put our record pertaining to Covid-19 against the Governor’s. When we declared a state of emergency on February 24, 2020 Gov. Reeves was on his way to Spain for a European vacation. After returning when someone sent a private jet for him and after a prolonged period of inaction, I am glad to see the Governor finally taking Covid-19 seriously, but it is unfortunate that he continues with a nonsensical hodgepodge approach. We need uniform and consistent statewide mandates. Our State needs sound and decisive leadership and that is unfortunately missing at the moment. Our current Governor is so mistrusted by his own party that they stripped his ability to administer Cares Act funds from him. I will gladly work with Governor Reeves to implement sound policy to help keep Mississippians safe. We need to get partisan politics out of the equation and follow the guidance from our health care professionals, which is what we have done and will continue to do in Tupelo. “

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 307332

Reported Deaths: 7095
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto20757248
Hinds19869408
Harrison17475302
Rankin13307275
Jackson13095243
Madison9886210
Lee9854169
Jones8289160
Forrest7522146
Lauderdale7185237
Lowndes6261144
Lamar610284
Lafayette6026117
Washington5279132
Bolivar4769129
Oktibbeha455297
Panola4440103
Pearl River4418139
Warren4277118
Marshall4267100
Pontotoc416472
Monroe4056132
Union403575
Neshoba3984176
Lincoln3869107
Hancock371985
Leflore3468124
Sunflower329389
Tate322681
Pike3177104
Scott310472
Yazoo304268
Alcorn297664
Itawamba296776
Copiah292965
Coahoma289677
Simpson287484
Tippah284668
Prentiss275659
Marion265679
Wayne261341
Leake260973
Grenada254882
Covington254380
Adams245882
Newton244859
George237647
Winston225981
Tishomingo222067
Jasper219748
Attala213273
Chickasaw204857
Holmes186471
Clay182354
Stone179131
Clarke176676
Tallahatchie175240
Calhoun163130
Yalobusha158636
Smith158534
Walthall130543
Greene129433
Lawrence126223
Noxubee125833
Montgomery125542
Perry125138
Carroll120826
Amite119941
Webster113432
Jefferson Davis105332
Tunica102525
Claiborne101330
Benton97225
Kemper95126
Humphreys94332
Franklin81723
Quitman78916
Choctaw72817
Jefferson64828
Wilkinson64727
Sharkey49617
Issaquena1686
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 518588

Reported Deaths: 10712
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson753351487
Mobile37698798
Madison33829494
Tuscaloosa25245443
Montgomery23942565
Shelby23094238
Baldwin20617300
Lee15510165
Calhoun14277311
Morgan14137268
Etowah13660345
Marshall11952219
Houston10379278
Elmore9988200
Limestone9806147
Cullman9467188
St. Clair9422234
Lauderdale9208227
DeKalb8745181
Talladega8042171
Walker7087275
Jackson6753110
Autauga6715103
Blount6480135
Colbert6200130
Coffee5397112
Dale4766110
Russell428238
Franklin419882
Chilton4080109
Covington4053114
Tallapoosa3892146
Escambia387574
Dallas3526149
Chambers3499122
Clarke346360
Marion3065100
Pike305475
Lawrence295295
Winston272272
Bibb256258
Marengo248561
Geneva245875
Pickens232959
Barbour224755
Hale218675
Butler212266
Fayette208960
Henry187844
Cherokee182044
Randolph176741
Monroe171240
Washington163838
Macon154348
Clay149354
Crenshaw149257
Cleburne146041
Lamar139234
Lowndes136453
Wilcox124327
Bullock121340
Conecuh109028
Perry107926
Sumter102932
Coosa99228
Greene90734
Choctaw58624
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