After 14 years as the state’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Jim Hood finally appears to be interested in public corruption, which we’re certain must be a coincidence.

Hood, galloping in on his white horse Justice, stood in front of television cameras once again explaining his determination to get to the bottom of something.

This time his target is Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and his alleged Road to Somewhere in Rankin County.

The question is apparently whether Reeves pressured the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) into building a road that connects his gated community to a nearby shopping district.

The social justice liberal warriors at The Clarion-Ledger, of course, smell at road rat because Reeves is the presumed Republican nominee for governor and will, coincidentally, likely face Hood, their fellow Democrat.

On the other hand, is the evidence. Emails provided by Reeve’s office show no pressure.

Reeves has said he is not involved and the homeowners association has taken responsibility. The mayor of Flowood admits he was involved and not Reeves.

Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall says it was his decision and not Reeves.

Clearly, Hood has an overwhelming case — an overwhelming case of political opportunism, that is.

We’ve seen enough politics by prosecution and this stinks.

MDOT is part of the executive branch. The Legislature sets road policy and funding.

It would be ridiculous to investigate the Legislature for passing legislation. That is the Legislature’s job.

Reeves admits supporting the widening of Lakeland Drive and pushing for completion — as most anybody in the Metro would.

Yes, anyone who drives Lakeland would agree that this high-growth area needs road expansion.

Moreover, the Senate and the House both voted to make Lakeland a priority, so it’s not one of Tate’s Amazing Pet Projects.

Despite the groaning, there has been no evidence that Reeves had anything to do with the road. In fact, all the evidence suggests many people played a role in the road, and none of them are named Reeves.

When Reeves first ran for lieutenant governor, we endorsed his Republican challenger in the primary Billy Hewes.

However, Reeves has followed through on his campaign promises to our delight, and his conservative spending policies have angered a lot of the Capitol insiders.

He has prevented tax increases. He has reformed the way the Legislature uses bond debt and, on more than one occasion, blocked bond bills when legislators got too greedy with pet projects.

Reeves pushed for and passed a moratorium on state-purchased vehicles. He has reduced spending growth. He has championed school choice to the chagrin of government school advocates.

When one drains the swamp, — as we’ve seen with President Trump — the swamp creatures get angry. And many of those swamp creatures are cheering for Hood.

 The statists have had enough of conservative reforms and want to get back to the good ole days with dreams that Hood will deliver the goods.

Like any vast state agency, MDOT can undoubtedly stand improvements like cutting waste. But the Lakeland Drive widening is not on the list of wasteful pet projects.

To be sure, we’ve been pleased with the direction of MDOT since Republicans took over the majority and brought Hall literally out of a trailer in the wilderness where he was the lone voice of reform for so many years.

We see Reeves as a reformer, too. So, Hood’s Rankin Neighborhood Roadgate appears to be political overreach.

 Mr. Hood, with the aid of his friends in the media, is using his office in a prosecutorial attack on a future political opponent.