Busy week ahead for 4th District Candidates

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.

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Yes, There is a Democrat Primary on June 3rd

Democrat U.S. Senate Candidate Travis Childers and 4th Congressional District Democrat opponents Trish Causey and Matt Moore met last Thursday to promote the Democrat Primary on June 3rd.

Childers emphasized his commitment to public education and against education vouchers.

Causey emphasized her advocacy for women’s and gay rights.  Moore stated that, based on Democrat numbers alone, they should be able to win in the general elections despite Mississippi being considered a Republican stronghold.

All 3 expressed commitment to a minimum wage increase, healthcare coverage for the working poor, and women’s rights.

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2014 Primary Election Candidate Information

The Blessings of Liberty has compiled a list of background information on every south Mississippi candidate in the 2014 Primary Election.  They are listed below with a hyperlink to posts with their views and additional links.

Several Reform and Libertarian Party and Independent candidates are campaigning for the U.S. Senate and House but do not have Primary Elections.  Information on those candidates will be posted in the future.

Mississippi has open Primaries; voters can vote in either Primary regardless of political party affiliation but cannot vote in both.  The 2014 Primary Election in Mississippi is June 3rd.

Democrat Primary
Democrats for 4th Congressional District:
Democrats for U.S. Senate:
Republican Primary
Republicans for 4th Congressional District:
Republicans for U.S. Senate:

More information will be posted at The Blessings of Liberty as it becomes available.