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.