Gene Taylor was interviewed by Tuesday morning on WDAM’s News 7 Sunrise program. During the 5-1/2 minute interview Taylor accused incumbent Rep. Steven Palazzo of supporting a cut in Defense spending and unlimited increases in flood insurance rates. Taylor took credit for getting mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to the troops, and over $21 Billion for post-Katrina relief. Saying the cuts in Defense will directly hurt Camp Shelby, Keesler AFB, the Gulfport Seabee Base, and Huntington-Ingalls Shipyard, the cuts will ultimately hurt our nation’s security.
Taylor thinks that Palazzo’s public outreach has been weak and vows to do a better job. If voted back into office, he’ll restart townhall meetings, work with local industries, restore confidence in government, and read the bills (inferring that Rep. Palazzo does or did not).
“I’ve always been pro-life, I’ve always been pro-gun, I’ve always been for a balanced budget, I’ve always been for a strong national defense; that’s not going to change. I’ve always put what is best for Mississippi ahead of either political party.”
For the entire interview, click WDAM News 7 Sunrise.
The Air Force’s decision to move C-130 transport aircraft from Keeler Air Force Base has become a political football in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District.
In recent WLOX interviews, Former Rep. Gene Taylor blames incumbent Rep. Steven Palazzo’s reckless voting for defense budget cuts and Palazzo blames Taylor for the trillions of dollars in national debt racked-up during his tenure as 4th District Congressman. Another candidate, Tom Carter, said that he’ll just make a phone call to his former colleague, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee, to keep the planes there.
In 2011, national debt was labeled as the biggest threat to national security by then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ADM Mike Mullen. Not surprisingly, DoD’s share of the U.S. budget is shrinking and the Air Force is likely making economic trade-offs:
For his part, Palazzo has challenged the Air Force’s math. And so has every other elected official that represents areas that could be impacted by proposed realignments. If keeping C-130’s at Keesler AFB is the best decision strategically and financially, they should stay. In an election year, what are the chances that politics don’t trump national security?
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David Elliott interviewed Gene Taylor, candidate for the 4th Congressional District, on WLOX’s “Sunday Night Extra.” The video was posted to Taylor’s Facebook page. Elliot asked about Taylor’s changing party affiliation and Taylor said he has always been pro-life, for a balanced budget, and a strong national defense and the Republican Party is a better place for him to be.
Taylor hit his main primary opponent, Rep. Steven Palazzo, for supporting the Biggert-Waters Act and the weaknesses of the Flood Insurance Reform Bill signed into law by President Obama earlier this week. He also stated that Palazzo voted to cut the Department of Defense budget and says that those cuts are directly responsible for causing the U.S. Air Force to move aircraft from Keesler AFB [the Air Force says it is in response to Army and Marine Corps strength reductions]. Taylor believes that, by voting against Hurricane Sandy relief, Palazzo will not be able to obtain the support of others in Congress when south Mississippi inevitably needs relief in the future.
In 2009, Taylor went against Democrat leadership by voting against Obamacare and pledged to vote for the best interest of the people of south Mississippi.
The Primary Election is June 3rd.
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The Miss. Republican Party has authorized 4 candidates to run for the 4th Congressional District. The little known Tom Carter from Carriere, Miss. is a businessman and SAIC executive (federal contractor). His views as indicated on his campaign website:
- Economy: The role of government is to foster an environment conducive to business. He will use “tax relief to help Americans keep more of what they earn.”
- Government Spending: Staunchly opposed to increasing national debt and the endless debt limit increases. Advocates a balanced budget with priorities in national defense and protection of Social Security and Medicare.
- Tax Reform: Advocates simplifying the tax code and reduce the high level of taxation.
- Obamacare: Supports the complete repeal of Obamacare. Against “fixing;” the law must be killed.
- Traditional Values: Opposed to abortion and believes marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman. “However, I support the free rights of all men and women to make decisions that may be contrary to my core beliefs and values with their lives, and I will respect the law of the land.”
Paul Gallo interviewed Carter on SuperTalk Mississippi on March 24th (7:34 AM). During the interview, Carter said that is his first run for public office which is an outpouring of his sense of civic duty. His principled character, dedication to his core and family values, and experience as a businessman separate him from the other candidates. Carter is for term limits since career politicians lose a connection to their constituents and the understanding of the impact of their policies. He said he would not vote for Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House.
Gallo pressed Carter on how he would work with regard to party politics and obtaining committee positions that could provide the necessary power to influence things (such as the C-130s moving from Keesler AFB). After Gallo replayed a segment of Gene Taylor’s March 11th interview taking credit for Katrina Relief, Carter said that connections (as his with the Secretary of the Air Force) are part of business and negotiations.
When asked about how to keep the casino industry, which is a big employer on the Gulf Coast, Carter stated that he did not support the casinos and he is not interested in growing the industry but would continue to utilize them as they exist as an economic tool.
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Ron Vincent is one of 5 candidates certified by the Miss. Republican Party for the June 3rd Primary election. Vincent squared-off against Steven Palazzo in the 2012 Primary and received 18.7% of the vote to Palazzo’s 73.9% according to Ballotpedia.
Born in Hattiesburg, Vincent retired from GE Energy and has international business experience according to his campaign website. He is listed as the organizer of the Hattiesburg Tea Party, a member of Main Street Baptist Church, and was honorably discharged after 3 years in the U.S. Army.
Based on his website, the following are his positions on various issues:
- Economy: Remove barriers to business and growth, develop domestic energy sources, reform and strengthen education system.
- Constitutionally Limited Government: Supports term limits and abolishing the EPA, HUD, and Department of Education. Wants to restore constitutional checks and balances and restore government by legislation instead of regulation and executive order.
- Fiscal Responsibility: Wants to balance the federal budget, pay-off national debt, eliminate government bailouts and corporate take-overs, reform of entitlement programs, and audit the Federal Reserve.
- Tax Reform: Supports the Fair Tax and abolition of the IRS.
- Obamacare: Supports the complete repeal of Obamacare.
- National Defense: Secure the borders and enforce immigration laws. Restore military strength, end fighting undeclared wars. End foreign treaties and get out of the United Nations.
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In a WLOX report, former Congressman Gene Taylor stated that incumbent Congressman Steven Palazzo has no credibility with the Department of Defense and “doesn’t know how to get things done.” For the full report, see Gene Taylor: Palazzo has no credibility, doesn’t know how to get things done.
On Palazzo’s campaign website, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1988 and served in the Persian Gulf War’s Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Palazzo is currently serving in the Mississippi Army National Guard, the only active member of Congress to be doing so.
Palazzo unseated Taylor, a 20-year incumbent Democrat, from the 4th Congressional District seat in 2010. During that primary, Palazzo was considered the “Republican establishment” candidate and Joe Tegerdine the “Tea Party” challenger. After defeating Tegerdine in the Republican Primary that year, Tegerdine endorsed the Democrat Taylor for his “record of integrity and willingness to be forthright with the people in our district” and not his record.