CRAWDADDY: Lt. Gov. Reeves qualifies for re-election bid; Rip Van Winkle caught off guard

This may shock those emerging from a cryogenic chamber but Lt. Governor Tate Reeves Monday made it official. He's running. 

“I feel honored and humbled that the citizens of Mississippi put their trust in me four years ago to serve as our state's lieutenant governor," he said in a press release announcing he has qualified to run for second term. "I’m proud that many of the conservative ideals and principles I ran on in 2011 have been realized in the form of bold, transformative legislation signed into law by Gov. Bryant.  We've made great progress since the 2011 elections, but I am committed to working even harder in the next four years to make Mississippi the best place in America to raise a family and build a business.”

For those thinking of a challenge, get busy with the fundraising. Reeves started the year with $2.35 million on hand for his re-election effort.

Everyone from Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann to Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel has been named as possible opponents.