With the Mississippi Primary Elections one week away, candidates will be extra busy getting their messages out. The race for the state’s 4th Congressional District has been overshadowed by the negative and heated race for U.S. Senate. However, the two favorites, Steven Palazzo and Gene Taylor, appear to be in a close race as well.
Taylor continues to bash Palazzo for his support of Biggert-Waters Act (which reformed flood insurance), voting against Hurricane Sandy Relief, while blaming him for recent defense cuts and a failure to hold town hall meetings. Taylor emphasizes that he has always had traditional Mississippi values and that his party change only reflects that the Democrat Party left him, not the other way around.
Palazzo has been running on his record that earned him recognition as the most conservative member of the U.S. Congress from Mississippi. Meanwhile, he has been busy painting Taylor as a liberal Democrat who supported Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), voted countless times for trillions in spending and the liberal agenda, and switched parties only because Democrats are not electable in the state.
The Sun Herald reports that the candidacies of Tom Carter, Ron Vincent, and Tavish Kelly may draw enough conservative votes away from Palazzo to force a run-off. Although he says he hasn’t done any polling, Taylor is predicting the same. Outsiders Carter, Vincent, and Kelly continue to say that neither Palazzo nor Taylor will do enough to cut spending and shrink the national debt. At least Taylor has admitted as much saying that “Mississippi needs those federal dollars.”
In what likely amounts to an inconsequential race, Democrats Matt Moore and Trish Causey have been pushing their agendas of LGBT and women’s rights, equal pay.
For more information:
- GOP candidates take to the ground for final week
- Gene Taylor says Steven Palazzo cast three unforgivable votes
- USM grads wore rainbow ribbons to protest Congressman Palazzo’s anti-gay marriage stance