Morgan Bruce Reeves, a United Citizens candidate for governor, has been planting campaign signs around the state featuring his name and an image of a marijuana leaf. He supports the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, and he says it’s one of the reasons why he’s going to get at least 50,000 votes on Nov. 4.
Here’s a transcript of a recent interview with Reeves:
MORGAN BRUCE REEVES: I’ve gotten over 50,000 phone calls saying they’re going to vote for me.
CITY PAPER: Over 50,000 calls?
MBR: I’ve got over 50,000 phone calls off my sign alone.
CP: Not literally 50,000, right?
MBR: 50,000, I said. I’ve got a tracker on the phone, and they call every day saying they’re going to vote for me.
As a point of reference, even if each of those 50,000 phone calls lasted just one minute, that means Reeves has spent more than 34 entire days on the phone with the electorate.
Reeves is a former college football player who now owns a construction company in Winnsboro. He does not have a professional campaign staff as far as we can tell, and while he does not appear to have a campaign website, he does have a Facebook page with 396 likes. As of April 8, the last time he filed a report with the State Ethics Commission, he had raised and spent $0 on his campaign.
And yet a tally of 50,000 votes for Reeves might not be as far-fetched as it sounds. In 2010, when Reeves ran for governor as both a Green Party and a United Citizens candidate, he received just over 20,000 votes out of a total 1.34 million votes cast statewide.
This time around, Reeves has made some big claims, including that he would double the salary of every South Carolinian if elected. He also has a plan to start a rail line from Charleston to Charlotte and build a series of state-owned factories to manufacture marijuana- and hemp-based products, and to allow the public to invest in both projects as a means of saving for retirement. We are not making any of this up.
Read more about Reeves, his platform, and his competitors in the gubernatorial race in this Wednesday’s City Paper.