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Palazzo Raises $125k In First Quarter

April 7, 2010
tags: 2010 House, fundraising, MS-04, Steven Palazzo
by Brett

Fourth District candidate Steven Palazzo sent out a press release today stating that they have raised $125,000 in the First Quarter fundraising period. The campaign says they are showing more than $100,000 cash on hand. Obviously one of the biggest advantage incumbents have is their ability to raise money; but this is a significant number that will raise some eyebrows.

65 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Davis permalink
    April 7, 2010 8:18 pm

    That is a very impressive amount Steven Palazzo was able to raise in only a few weeks of campaigning.  It really shows how many people have faith in him and the conservative principles he stands for.  Palazzo didn’t even have the full quarter to raise the money. This is very impressive.

    Brett – I agree that this will raise some eyebrows.  I think this shows which candidate in the Republican Primary has the best chance of beating Gene Taylor in November.  Gene can’t be beat by a candidate who can’t raise money to fund a strong campaign.

    Palazzo – Keep up the good work!

    Semper Fi

    • April 7, 2010 8:37 pm

      The press release said he raised the money in 6 weeks fyi.

    • Dan Lindsay permalink
      April 9, 2010 1:13 pm

      I would suggest we all attend as many meetings as possible where both parties are speaking and ask the tough questions of each of them. I would then ask that each of us make the decision on who can best stand up to Gene Taylor in the debates and vote for that person in the primary. Who has better command of the national issues and who can lead the 4th district and sell our beliefs to the rest of the country? Steve and Joe are both good guys and we can get lost in the rhetoric we are having today. We need to throw the stones at Pelosi Taylor and not Joe or Steve. BTW both Joe and Steve have returned emails and have been willing to speak to me about any issues I bring up. Gene Taylor is the one that is too busy to get the folks out of the beach front hotels at our expense. Gene Taylor has to go. Please let us all, including me, make an effort to take the high road.

  2. Fred Wise permalink
    April 7, 2010 8:26 pm

    “incumbent” That would be G.T. Perhaps he meant “Carrier Politician”
    I don’t care about his money. My vote is for Joe Tegerdine.

  3. Boss Man permalink
    April 7, 2010 9:02 pm

    Lest we feel left out, the Fourth District now has their very own establishment candidate…complete with Hayley headlining his fund raiser…It’s the least Hayley can do since Steven, and Steven alone, agreed with him on eminent domain. The two of them can fine tune their ideas on stealing our land and giving it to companies. The very cockerels of my heart at warmed at the notion. GO JOE TEGERDINE. We need you and your kind more than EVER!!!

  4. Brian Alford permalink
    April 7, 2010 9:08 pm

    As a small business owner in the 4th District it is good to know that personal contributions to the Palazzo Campaign will be used by a representative that has endured hardships like other South Mississippi business owners and wants to make a difference. We need a voice in Washington that counts for something and can get things done for all Mississippians. I believe Palazzo is that man for the job; God Speed Steven

  5. Mike permalink
    April 7, 2010 9:24 pm

    No surprise here… with Steven Palazzo as the single biggest supporter against eminent domain reform in 2009… I’ll be taking a look at who is funding his campaign.

    To learn more about Palazzo’s views on private property and the rights of the MS state government to take your property and give it to private developers click below.

  6. Peacemaker permalink
    April 7, 2010 10:04 pm

    Wow you guys are ruthless when the competition strenthens. Palazzo has said and his past actions prove he is on the right side of the eminent domain issue. The HB you folks keep pointing to was unconstitutional and crafted by democrats. It violated the MS Constitution. It would allow the legislature not the Judiciary to determine “public use.” Please don’t take my word for it – look it up. It is very easy with a simple search. If that bill would have passed it would have opened the flood gates for legislative action that would be based upon the whims and makeup of the legislature. The MS Constitution allows for the taking of land for “public use” the Democrats (perhaps with good intentions) wanted to decide what “public use” is thus cutting off recourse by people who have their land in the crosshairs. To date not 1 (one) person has lost their land to corporations in our State. The case cited by some .. the judiciary sided with the landowner thus he didn’t lose his land. That is the whole point. The man had a way to fight it because every single case must by law go before a judge. The State legislature was overstepping its bounds. The only way to remove the corporation/ private use aspect from ED is by Constitutional Amendment and even that must retain/preserve landowners rights.

    The irony here is that many of you folks who slam Palazzo for taking a stand (the only one to stand with the MS Constitution) seem to value that in your chosen candidate.
    You hammer Palazzo when he stands alone with the MS Constitution, yet claim that Tegerdine is THE Constitutional candidate. You call Palazzo an opportunist for getting in the race in March, yet Tegerdine registered to vote in MS only days before he announced his candidacy. Is this projection? I don’t get it.
    Both of these guys are good candidates. The differences in them are in their experience and abilities, not their platform. But you consistently attempt to demonize Palazzo. Unbelievable.

    10 months of campaigning = 20K v. 6 weeks of campaigning = 125k – money matters.
    Steven Palazzo raised more money in 6 weeks than Mike Lott, John McCay, and Joe Tegerdine combined for their entire campaigns.

    • Mike permalink
      April 8, 2010 5:07 am

      Talk about toting somebody’s water… you know where that money is coming from dude.

  7. Mike permalink
    April 7, 2010 10:15 pm

    So does Palazzo support Initiative #31 to amend the MS constitution on eminent domain?

    No constitutional issue there… here’s his chance to show where he really stands on this issue!!!

    So does Palazzo want the state of Mississippi to have the authority take private land for private development? Or does he not?

    It’s a simple question and one I have yet to hear him answer.

    Perhaps you can let us know Peacemaker since he seems unwilling to state “that the state of Mississippi should not have the authority to condemn private land for the purposes of transferring ownership of said land to a private entitity (corporation)”

    It’s a simple question….

    Where does the dude stand?

    • James permalink
      April 7, 2010 11:47 pm

      Mike -I think you need to learn a little about both republican candidates. I have a few facts about both candidates for you to spread:

      Joe NEVER served in the Military
      Steven IS a MARINE Veteran of the Persian Gulf War and is in the MS National Guard

      Joe works for a company that IMPORTS goods MADE IN CHINA
      Steven is a small business owner who CREATES JOBS IN MISSISSIPPI

      Joe was born and raised in SEATTLE and OREGON
      Steven was born and raised in SOUTH MISSISSIPPI

      Joe Registered to Vote only days before he announced he was running for Congress
      Steven is a State Representative who represents South Mississippians and obviously votes in MS

      Joe talks but does nothing
      Steven speaks with his actions

      Try to spin those FACTS

      • Dan Lindsay permalink
        April 9, 2010 12:50 pm

        Joe can beat Gene Taylor – Steve cannot.

  8. Mike permalink
    April 7, 2010 10:20 pm

    As a reminder, eminent domain was used to allow Nissan, Toyota, ATK, PACCAR, Stennis Space Center and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to exist in Mississippi. Eminent domain would likely be needed to secure title to many other MEIA economic development sites in the future, and experienced site selectors, whether corporate or under contract, know it. – Governor Haley Barbour

    Come on dude… we know what this is really about. Who you kidding?

  9. Mike permalink
    April 7, 2010 10:30 pm

    Here’s what the Mississippi Association of REALTORS had to say about the defeat of Eminent Domain Reform in 2007…

    “Eminent Domain legislation failed to pass the Mississippi Legislature again this year. As
    you know, one of MAR’s top priorities is to prevent Eminent Domain legislation that is
    too far reaching thereby hurting economic development opportunities in the state.

    It is the official position of MAR that current Mississippi law dealing with the issue of
    eminent domain is more than adequate to protect the private property rights of
    homeowners. However, this year MAR supported Eminent Domain Legislation passed
    by the Senate because it contained compromises that the association felt like it could
    support. To the contrary, MAR opposed the House version because of the damaging
    affects it would have had on economic development.”

    You know I was behind one of these guys at a red light last week. He had an ‘Assc. of REALTORS’ license plate. He was driving a brand new Escalade.

    We wouldn’t want anything to come in the way of HIS economic development now would we?

    I wonder if he donated to Steven’s campaign?

  10. blog4joet permalink
    April 7, 2010 10:39 pm

    I’m looking for a solid conservative who will stand firm for our Constitutional Rights including our right to keep our Property.
    Last time I looked I saw that Joe Tegerdine was ahead in a straw poll by 60%!
    I know how impressive it is to say he had gained that much money and it will mean that there will be loads of signs commercials and so forth. I hope when people knwo that because there are more yard signs it doesn’t mean more votes.
    I couldn’t be more supportive of Joe Tegerdine. Joe is the one who will get it done.

    Joe Tegerdine Mississippi

  11. Bud permalink
    April 7, 2010 10:45 pm

    Wow great job by Palazzo.

    Here is my concerns about Tegerdine 1. He has been here only two years 2. He is a lawyer that works for the Chineese 3. He has no idea the hardships that we endured after Hurricane Katrina and 4. No military service in an area where the biggest economic stimulant is our military bases and shipbuilding. Palazzo is the only logical alternative to Taylor.

    • Mike permalink
      April 7, 2010 10:51 pm


      If H.B. 803 was ‘unconstitutional’ as you and Palazzo and Haley Barbour claim…

      then how did it ever make it to the floor for a vote?

      Don’t they have some sort of system up there that determines whether or not legislation violates the constitution before it is voted on?

    • Mike permalink
      April 7, 2010 10:52 pm

      What you’re going to find with Palazzo is that folks won’t see any difference between him and Taylor…

      Not to mention that Taylor will DESTROY the dude in any televised debate.

    • Jon permalink
      April 8, 2010 7:57 pm

      Katrina was almost 5 years ago, get over it. We rebuilt everything ourselves after Hurricane Camille. The difference between then and now is back then we had people that weren’t looking for a hand out, they tightened their belts and did the work. We didn’t have welfare queens living off of FEMA grants rent free 5 years after the storm. I’m saying this as someone who lived here through both storms. I see my tax dollars going down the drain every time I have to drive up to Hattiesburg right there at exit 51 off of I-59. There are thousands of FEMA trailers still sitting up there with storage fee’s being payed on them with our tax dollars.

  12. Mike permalink
    April 7, 2010 10:53 pm


    If H.B. 803 was ‘unconstitutional’ as you and Palazzo and Haley Barbour claim…

    then how did it ever make it to the floor for a vote?

    Don’t they have some sort of system up there that determines whether or not legislation violates the constitution before it is voted on?

    Since you know so much about this matter… please enlighten me.

  13. DaveG permalink
    April 7, 2010 10:57 pm

    Anyone know if Taylor or Tegerdine have announced what they raised? These numbers ought to stand out to the NRCC and give them some reason to get involved in a signifigant level.

  14. mspolitics82 permalink
    April 7, 2010 11:01 pm

    Let’s see…Palazzo announced he was going to run for Congress in mid Feb…..then, a few days later, the Political Director of the Ms. Republican Party resigns his job to go to work for the Palazzo campaign….Palazzo continued working during the week daily(I assume) in legislative session through end of March…..not much time to be out raising money….of course, there’s the phone…and then, there’s his connections to Party elite through the guy who used to work for the party that now directs his campaign….wait, not quite finished…now we read where Gov. Barbour will speak at Palazzo’s “Cocktail Fundraiser” at the Southern Rep. Leadership Conv. this weekend in N.O……$125K is a HUGE chunk of change for a small businessman to earn in only a few weeks….what does that show….pretty clear to me….the PARTY leaders are “on board” for “THEIR” guy…..NOW…the question is, WILL THE VOTERS BE on June 1? Congratulations, Steven !

  15. mspolitics82 permalink
    April 7, 2010 11:10 pm

    What does all this emphasis on MONEY show??? Are we saying the BEST QUALIFIED candidate is the one who has the most INFLUENCE to raise the MOST money???? Are we actually justifiably trying to equate QUALITY with WEALTH ??? Shameful! What has this country come to……the wealthy, or those who can influence the wealthy, are the ones who will hold our public office, IF WE CONTINUE TO THINK THAT THE GUY WITH THE MOST MONEY SHOULD GET THE MOST VOTES!

    It is also a shame that VOTERS ALLOW IT….money can actually “BUY” votes in a sense….the guy with the funniest/most t.v. commercials (which takes money) influences the UNINFORMED VOTER at the polls…it’s the NAME they remember, not WHAT THE CANDIDATE stands for….shame, shame, shame….BUT TRUE !

  16. Support the Retirement Movement permalink
    April 8, 2010 12:48 am

    Mike; Thank you for your informative posts.
    Do you have your own website/blog? You should. I would be your first fan.

    • Mike permalink
      April 8, 2010 4:26 am

      Oh you know how it is… established politicians in Mississippi aren’t used to anyone actually criticizing them (no point in making a target out of yourself)… this is one of the few states where the politicians pretty much get a free ride. Nearly every blog, newspaper, or tv station out there that discusses MS politics is devoted to the establishment and those within it.

      If you saw the traffic logs of political sites (where the web traffic is coming from) you’d be surprised just how quick a post negatively mentioning Gene Taylor or Haley Barbour, for example, gets emailed straight to their staff and a variety of other interesting people.

      I don’t want those ‘interesting people’ interested in me.

  17. Brian Alford permalink
    April 8, 2010 12:53 am

    Sorry I just have to add my two cents on eminent domain in Mississippi. Palazzo took a stand on behalf of the Mississippi Constitution and people are crucifying him for it, what has Joe taken a stand on that is public record in Mississippi? I think we should have Nissan, Toyota, ATK, PACCAR, Stennis Space Center and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway demolished, sell the land back to the land owners (even the Stennis Swamps), and put the 20,000+ employees on Mississippi’s unemployment and welfare. Now that sounds like one hell of an idea. I’m not for taking a man’s last 24 or 1 acres of land, but if it is justified to sacrifice the few to save the many, do it. It has been done for hundreds of years in all aspects of life some people call it progress others iniquitous. In Canton alone, if you closed the Nissan plant, fire the 5,000+ employees and remove the Mississippi and employees tax base, let us just see how many more teachers in the State would lose their jobs as there would not be money in the budget to pay them. Also did I mention a Mississippi jury awarded landowner John Smith $20,000 for a 1.6-acre parcel that had been seized for the Nissan plant? I’m sure John is willing to give that money back in these economic times.

    • Mike permalink
      April 8, 2010 5:22 am

      Of course… we couldn’t have jobs in Mississippi if Palazzo can’t take folks land and give it to private developers.

      Why ALL THOSE OTHER STATES which prevent such b.s. have ALL OF THEIR CITIZENS in the streets living off welfare… is that right?

      Actually the FACTS… say something quite different.

  18. BUZZ CUT CHARLIE permalink
    April 8, 2010 2:30 am

    Who cares where the big bucks comes from? So what if the Palazzo gets a load of money from special interest group that benefits from an occasional liberal progressive theft from private land owners? As long as it’s not my hard earned land.

    When it comes to politicians they desperate to win. They have power to control our future next year, and their careers depends on it, money is what matters most to them,
    $$$ Money$$$ SHOUTS!$$$

    So if it all about the money, just like other races in America, it will be about the political party robots who will vote to gain the money again for the next election.
    SHOW ME THE MONEY! I’ll show you the winner. We worship the contents of our bank accounts.

  19. Mike permalink
    April 8, 2010 3:57 am

    Palazzo keeps saying how he voted against H.B. 803 because it was ‘unconstitutional’.


    only Steven Palazzo and Haley Barbour realized this horrible legislation (preventing the state from seizing land for private profit) was ‘unconstitutional’

    According to Palazzo, 2 people in Jackons realized this… and the other 173 didn’t?

    This would mean that Palazzo is the next Ron Paul?

    Is that right… he’s gonna vote NO to EVERYTHING coming out of Washington?


    Please…. who do you guys think you are kidding?

  20. Mike permalink
    April 8, 2010 4:13 am

    No candidate that won’t simply just come out and say that he is not in favor of the government having the power to use eminent domain to seize private land for private profit will get my vote.

    Those of you that support Palazzo better think about that.

    He talks a lot about the ‘constitution’ and the erosion of our Bill of Rights…

    and yet he won’t commit to this simple statement about the powers of government and private property?

    Can anyone show me anywhere in a video or quote from a newspaper where Palazzo has ever said that he doesn’t agree with eminent domain being used for ‘economic development’?

  21. Biloxi Conservative permalink
    April 8, 2010 8:43 am

    Interesting, I want to see who gave and how many lobbyists and PACs gave in that short time. Interesting did he release the donors or is waiting until the last minute? If so where is the donors list?

  22. Malcolm permalink
    April 8, 2010 9:35 am

    There are 2 candidates in the race for the republican nomination. One is another corporate shill bought and paid for with special interest money and the other is a candidate of the people. Haley is paying his golden boy his 30 pieces of silver for selling out the people of Mississippi on the Eminent Domain Reform. Now that might not be a big deal to ya’ll but the land I live on has been in our family for over 125 years. It will be a cold day in hell before any politician tells me when I have to sell it, who I have to sell it to and how much I have to sell it for. My vote will go to Joe Tegerdine.

  23. Bud permalink
    April 8, 2010 9:51 am

    Wow Mike you are sure vocal for Tegradine, do you work on his staff or for the Chinese?

  24. Congrat$ $teven! permalink
    April 8, 2010 10:09 am

    It $hould be intere$ting to $ee where all thi$ money came from in $uch a $hort period of time. Money doe$n’t make or break a campaign a$ much a$ it rat$ out who a candidate i$ in bed with.

    Congrat$ on landing $ome big money donor$ $teven!

  25. Tea Party Leader II permalink
    April 8, 2010 11:28 am


    Did they report where that money came from? Who that money came from?

    • April 8, 2010 11:51 am

      Yes when they submit the information to the FEC which I believe they have until mid-April to do so. As is common when you raise a pretty good size amount though you’ll send out a press release saying what you have raised before you actually file the forms.

  26. Peacemaker permalink
    April 8, 2010 11:44 am

    HB 803 was a very popular bill. Popularity does not make it legal. Mike asked if there were any safeguards in place to check for constitutionality prior to it hitting the floor. If there were they dropped the ball. The Judiciary is always reactive not proactive. The proponents of this bill know that. Can we also apply this question to health care on the national level? I think we both can agree that it is unconstitutional yet it passed just the same.

    Here is the link to HB 803 – It clearly defines “Public Use”

    Here is the MS Constitution (see section 17)

    Section 17 MS Constitution
    “Private property shall not be taken or damaged for public use, except on due compensation being first made to the owner or owners thereof, in a manner to be prescribed by law; and whenever an attempt is made to take private property for a use alleged to be public, the question whether the contemplated use be public shall be a judicial question, and, as such, determined without regard to legislative assertion that the use is public.”

    This is not rocket science. HB 803 clearly violates the MS Constitution.

    I have looked and I don’t see anything from Tegerdine about Eminent Domain prior to Palazzo toying with entering this race. If he were the defender of private property like some here claim why was he not a champion of this issue then? Why wait until Palazzo gets in the race? You say he is not a politician, it sounds to me like he knows exactly what he is doing.
    Thats what they do.

  27. Brian permalink
    April 8, 2010 12:17 pm

    I’m still waiting on the one item that Joe has on public record. Eminent Domain; lets give all the land back to the Indians. We don’t need tax dollars from private industries to fund, housing subsidies, food stamps, roads, schools, universities, Medicaid, welfare, social security, etc… I think I might like living without town infrastructures and using out-house’s again. Some of you have never done without in your lives or given one minute for your country, or taken a stance on subject. The legal system is in place to protect eminent domain legislation from over-stepping its bounds. If a case is decided for a private company to receive land due to eminent domain, tell me how it would be Palazzo’s fault if it has been deemed legal by your and my peers? Where is the system broke?

  28. princess sophia permalink
    April 8, 2010 1:17 pm

    LMAO so the one that raises the most money no matter where it comes from is the most qualified? Why don’t you knuckleheads like Obamanation? He had the most money so he was the best? Bow down before the annointed one he bested your bux. As for palazzo being a marine….so was M_3(:* *,5 I can name a few other useless politicians that had military experience. Rethink and if that doesn’t work just think. It’s fun and cuts down on all of that derisive laughter.

  29. princess sophia permalink
    April 8, 2010 1:18 pm

    I don’t know why itpublished like that I meant Murtha

  30. Biloxi Mom permalink
    April 8, 2010 4:41 pm

    Holy cow I have heard it all. Now we have someone criticizing the military service of one of the candidates? Princess Sophia I cannot believe you would say something like that. As the wife of a retired Marine and the mother of another I am appalled. I have never been involved in politics before but decided after what I have witnessed over the past few months to try and learn more about the people who represent us. I honestly was leaning towards Mr Tegerdine but after reading Sophias comments dismissing the service of our military and seeing how nasty all of his supporters are without seeming to know where Mr Palazzo’s donations come from I will never support someone who has followers like this. I always thought the Republicans were Christians and kind to other people but this hatred is not something I want my children to ever witness. I can only hope that Mr Tegerdine will stand up and denounce all of these nasty and hateful comments. Shame on you Shame on you

  31. Mike permalink
    April 8, 2010 6:24 pm

    Holy cow I have heard it all. Now we have someone criticizing the military service of one of the candidates?

    Biloxi Mom….

    aren’t you the same one who asked in a previous thread about when the two candidates registered to vote in Mississippi? Then you acted like you contacted both campaigns and came back with Tegerdine registered in 2009?

    Isn’t this you?

    Please stop the act…. it gets old watching you guys pull this off over and over on the comment threads. If you’ve got something to say just please come out and say it. Stop the silly manipulations.

    Aren’t you really just a Palazzo supporter trying to ACT like an ‘undecided voter’

    Sophia didn’t bash Palazzo’s service… but rather pointed out that military service in itself is not evidence of a quality politician… such as some liberal politicians with military service.

    There’s a lot of liberals that were born and raised in Mississippi as well.

    Please Biloxi Mom… or however many identities you have on this site… just say what you wanna say without the b.s.

    • Boss Man permalink
      April 9, 2010 12:08 am

      Ha ha ha Biloxi Mom,
      We all know who you are and we know you were NEVER thinking about endorsing Tegerdine. What a farce!!

  32. princess sophia permalink
    April 8, 2010 8:39 pm

    Dear Biloxi Mom,

    My father was a marine. Don’t make the mistake of lecturing me on anything. I don’t need to know where all of his donations are coming from. I know who is backing him. That is enough right there. Darling Haley my governor is the reason that Clinton didn’t go down in flames over something more important than being a cheating skank. During the second campaign for Clinton a bunch of money came in from China the Republicans started to investigate and the next thing you know it’s shut down. One fourth the amount the democrats got was given to the Republicans. Haley was the gate keeper and got burned. The investigation was killed because of that. He is the keynote speaker for Palazzo? I know all I need to know. Hate? Grow up and get a clue! I love watching a supposed conservative wrap themselves in the victim mantle. U b a liberal but don’t know it.

  33. Brian Dove permalink
    April 8, 2010 11:39 pm

    Palazzo should have voted with the rest of the legislature on the domain issued and let it be settled in the court. It is not Palazzo’s job as a Legislature to practice constitutional law from the legislature – that’s what the court is for.

    The people of Mississippi wanted that law by an overwhelming majority – he should have represented his constituents’ desires and not his opinion. We already have a congressman in the 4th district that does that – replacing him with a Republican that does that is not solving the problem.

    Biloxi Mom – if you would go to his web site you will see that Mr. Tegerdine does not promote bashing Mr. Palazzo. His campaign is a positive one. Mr. Tegerdine has asked his supporters to not get into mudslinging and to just promote his positive contributions. He wants a clean and uplifting campaign. I do too.

    I am not bashing Steve – just merely stating my objections to supporting him. I want someone outside of Mississippi politics “as usual” and Federal politics “as usual” cause let’s face it the guys that have been running the “as usual” failed to get the job done when they had the chance.

    What you are hearing is anger at the Republican Party for their failure to get the job done which is represented by Barbour and Palazzo because both of them are incumbent Republicans.

    I do have a problem with the issue of the amount of money that Palazzo has raised because an Accountant that can raise money does not prove to me leadership or his ability to represent me. It proves to me he can raise money and nothing else. If this is your measuring stick remember that Gene Taylor raised a lot of money and perhaps using this logic we should think Gene Taylor is an excellent candidate. Integrity should get the vote not who can raise the most money.

    Long before Mr. Palazzo joined this race I understand from very reliable sources that he told Mr. Tegerdine that he would not seek Gene Taylor’s seat – so Joe proceeded with his campaign – money, time, and effort. Now that Joe has established himself and shown he can get things done Steve joins at the last minute before the deadline to register? Is this the kind of leadership we can expect – wait till the last minute and hide your true intentions along the way?

    Did Joe spook someone in this state to convince Steve to change his mind? Not keeping your word or practicing deception, don’t we have way too much of that going on right now? I want a government again I can trust. If Steve did this to a fellow Republican, how do we know he won’t do it IF he can actually unseat Taylor?

    There are a lot of people out there that are not going to vote for anyone that is in government right now regardless of the party. Joe already has moderates and democrats committed to voting for him – lots of them – without all that money that Palazzo raised. See results not fund raising. You think disenfranchised democrats actually trust the GOP? Not the ones I have talked to, they would be willing to consider someone that is not part of the GOB of the GOP.

    Palazzo has too much Haley Barbour and GOB of the GOP of Mississippi to attract the democrats, libertarians and conservative side of the Party that the GOP is going to need to beat Gene Taylor. The GOP has fences to mend with conservatives in the party and so far I have not seen any effort to do that outside of Phil Bryant.

    My biggest problem though boils down to this, the GOB of the GOP of Mississippi has had 20 years to get rid of Gene Taylor and they have failed to do it. Why should we trust their pick – Steve? It’s time for a new plan cause the one they keep bringing up didn’t work then and I just don’t think it is going to work this time either.

    So my real objection to Steve – I just don’t have any faith he can get the votes he needs to unseat Gene Taylor and I am willing to try a new plan with Joe. I know who Joe is – Steve has never returned my emails – I asked him about this domain issue – gave him a chance to talk to me personally he choose to ignore me – I suspect he will do the same if he gets Taylor’s seat. Joe has returned every email I sent him or one of his staff has.

    Momma said if they don’t treat you like you want to be treated before the marriage, heaven help you when the vows are over.

  34. Boss Man permalink
    April 9, 2010 12:16 am

    Making a lot of money in tough economic times and in such a short amount of time is of note to be sure. People put a lot of stock in how much someone raises and I understand this for it denotes that you have the money to run a “real” campaign.
    That being said, Joe Tegerdine HAS run a real campaign. He has signs, push cards, a good website, lapel stickers, t-shirts, hats, etc. Neither candidate has done any TV time yet but anyone who’s worked a campaign knows that ground game beats airtime every time and Tegerdine has a TON of ground game. It takes, on average, a viewer seeing you on TV something like 7 times before it sinks in who you are. When you meet them face to face and interact with them, it takes just that once. Palazzo never’s been to my town and I’ve haven’t seen him in my county. I’ve seen Tegerdine several times.
    I’m just saying that for this election especially, we MUST, as U.S. citizens vet our candidates based on who they areand what they believe – not what they can raise. Obama raised exponetially more than the other candidates and he’s the worse thing this country has ever seen!!

  35. Brian Alford permalink
    April 9, 2010 1:01 am

    Well, I’m sure we all agree on one thing. Obama is no good for the Country, but to compare Obama’s fundraising to Palazzo’s is ludicrous. You are comparing a guy who has fought for his country, serves as a state legislature to his state, and built a small business in South Mississippi to someone that has done nothing good for America or Mississippi! Can you please tell me what Joe Tegerdine has done for the Country or Mississippi, and again what about that public record stance on anything?

    • Raiseya permalink
      April 9, 2010 6:56 am

      Well Brian, or Brian Alford, it appears you have at least two accounts here with the same link in your name. That is probably just an accident. You should try and use just one account per thread though.

      Under both accounts on this thread, you have asked what is the Joe Tegerdine public record stance on any issue. Joe has not, to my knowledge, ever held a public office so there would not be a public record. There, are you happy now? However, he has stated his views on many issues publicly and on his website.

      Joe Tegerdine is a private citizen trying to make a difference in this country by running for public office. Politics as usual has gotten us into the mess we are currently in. I support Joe Tegerdine to replace Gene T. as our representative in the 4th District of MS.

      Click on my name to see Joe’s website.

  36. princess sophia permalink
    April 9, 2010 6:30 am

    I didn’t compare palazzo to obama in any way. I was commenting on your ridiculous standard. How much money he’s raised doesn’t mean as much as you and some others think it does. As for his military service? Glad he did it, but that doesn’t make him the perfect candidate either. Mccain, Kerry, Murtha and even general grant were military guys and they were the absolute pits as political leaders. I’ve also heard both of them speak so I know what the IQ’s are. Sorry Steve.

  37. DLSL permalink
    April 9, 2010 7:53 am

    As long as we’re throwing out Obama comparisons, let’s not forget who was the better speaker in our last presidential election. Obama enchanted the masses with his well-rehearsed, rabble-rousing speeches. As we have all discovered, being a great public speaker doesn’t necessarily equate to being a great public leader.

    I have personally spoken one-on-one with both Palazzo and Tegerdine. Palazzo has it together, and, in my opinion, has the experience needed to help get us back on the right track in Washington. We are dealing with out-of-control liberal spending (he’s a CPA); we are at war (he’s a veteran); we are facing record unemployment levels (he has created jobs, right here in South Mississippi). Where Tegerdine has a lot of buzzwords and promises, Palazzo has passion and a vested interest in Mississippi. That’s just about all I need to know.

  38. princess sophia permalink
    April 9, 2010 8:13 am

    Brian I was pointing out that your yardstick doesn’t mean what you seem to think it means. Amount of money raised and military service don’t automatically make you the best. Nice try on your part though.

  39. princess sophia permalink
    April 9, 2010 9:18 am

    Obama is a good speaker only when the teleprompter is running. I’ve never noticed Joe Tegerdine using slogans and buzzwords. He also did a nice job on Steve in Hattiesburg. Steve obviously hasn’t a clue on what the Federal Reserve is or what it does. When he had to answer the same question as Joe he looked like someone had just smacked him on the back of his head with a tennis racket. When asked about his stance on the second amendment he said he’s a strong supporter of the second amendment. Then he rambled on about the government making it hard for him to get ammo. He clearly doesn’t have a clue there either. The reason it’s so hard to find ammo in some places is because it has been scarfed up the moment it hits the shelf. So the free market may just be a bit of a mystery to him as well.

  40. biloxi mom permalink
    April 9, 2010 10:47 am

    Clearly I can’t even state my opinion without being attacked. For the record it was me that asked about the voter registration because I thought as a registered voter it was important to research the candidates and I had seen alot of talk about where the candidates were from. So I should be criticized for doing this?

    Then when I see someone dismissing military service as not important or that it is a negative I got angry. Then to turn around and go negative on me? You don’t know me nor do I know you and I never once called you names. I was appalled by your STATEMENT and now you take it to a whole different level.

    Again for the record I actually don’t like any of the candidates and because I as a private citizen am now being attacked why would I want to even be involved.

    It is very childish that even after Mr. Tegerdine asks his supporters to keep it clean they disregard his requests and go after the other candidates without even having any information. Not only is someone dismissing his military service now you go after his intelligence?

    My god what is wrong with this world that we have to attack each other?

    I am sad for my children that there are people out there that feel the need to attack people in this manner without even knowing them.

    • Tony permalink
      April 9, 2010 9:20 pm

      I agree with you Biloxi Mom. All you have to do is review the entire thread and notice one candidate’s supporters generally talk positive of their candidate (small business owner, CPA, veteren) and the other candidate’s supporters just talk bad about the other candidate. I guess when your candidate has not ever really done anything that is all you have.

      • Mike permalink
        April 9, 2010 11:17 pm

        With Wells Griffith and Haley Barbour assisting your campaign it’s pretty easy to shout “How dare you express your opinions about Palazzo!”

        Real easy to take that road.

        Indeed… how dare we.

        Surely we should just shut up and perhaps make a donation to the campaign?


        With all the professional help SP is getting I think you guys can handle a few dissenters.

      • mspolitics82 permalink
        April 19, 2010 8:51 am

        Are you really being so arrogant as to suggest that a person must hold public office or be a CPA or small business owner or have served in the military to have met the qualifications of having “really done something” ? Surely you did not actually mean what you just said, now did you? Surely your candidate does not think this, now does he….coz if you really mean what you just said, then I must assume that you will not be supporting Tegerdine (should he win the primary) in the general election against Gene Taylor, who will then be, according to YOUR definition, the only candidate that has “really done something.”

  41. princess sophia permalink
    April 9, 2010 12:07 pm

    What is childish here is that if someone disagrees with you it’s an attack in your mind.

  42. Liberty permalink
    April 9, 2010 11:05 pm

    I have read this entire thread, and I must say I agree with princess sophia. Also, at least Tegerdine supporters don’t try to pretend like they are undecided and manipulate the conversation!

    Go Tegerdine!!!

    • Mike permalink
      April 9, 2010 11:19 pm

      I love it when they act like they had to do an ‘undercover investigation’ or something to turn up some facts that Tegerdine made clear LAST YEAR and would have simply told them if they had bothered to email or call the guy.

      They do this to imply that Tegerdine is ‘hiding’ things when the exact opposite is true. Tegerdine is an honest man and has ALWAYS been up front about who he is and what he believes.

  43. Gus in Gulfport permalink
    April 16, 2010 8:56 am

    Why didn’t Tererdine release his First Quarter fundraising by the deadline then?

    What is he trying to hide? Ha! Nothing, because nothing is probably there!

  44. Steve permalink
    April 18, 2010 6:35 pm

    I attended a debate between these two a few weeks ago at USM. Tegerdine won this debate hands down. Palazzo wants to be a career politican, he made that known. If Palazzo beats Tegerdine in the primaries, the better man would have lost and the better money would have won. My two cents, Steve

  45. paul permalink
    April 18, 2010 10:23 pm

    What matters more, the amount raised, or its source?

    This is an exciting time in our nation, with primaries across the country, in both parties, where big money establishment candidates are pitted against low budget grass roots candidates with huge volunteer networks.

    If the grassroots candidates succeed, will the establishment throw their financial backings behind these candidates to help remove incumbents?

    If the establishment candidates triumph in the primaries, will motivated grassroots volunteers still be motivated to help an establishment candidate?

    If not, Gene may stay in office and continue his duties representing the federal govt to his constituents in the 4th district.

    It’s important that we look at issues, not where the candidates were born, or how much money they’ve raised.

    In the information age, will people vote for the candidate with the most TV ads, or will we take the time to look at the issues that matters to each of us?

    • mspolitics82 permalink
      April 19, 2010 9:04 am

      Very nicely put Paul…some very valid points to ponder.

      Gov. Barbour addressed one of your points in his speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, and it will certainly be interesting to see how “his party elite” will respond to this if Tegerdine wins, and how the “grassroots” voters will respond to it if Palazzo wins. Like it or not, Palazzo has become the “establishment” candidate because of how things have happened, or at least the “appearance” of how things happened—and face it, perception is REALITY during a campaign, mainly saying over and over “I am not going to run,” and then waiting until the twelth hour to “throw the hat in”…that certainly gave the appearance that someone talked him into it. And with Palazzo being instructed to REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT that HE is the one who is FROM Mississippi and HE is the one has served in the MILITARY….(he better be careful on that last one, some Camp Shelby guys have caught wind of that and are NOT happy with him using his military service as a major tool to get elected….some saw that ad on this blog.)
      Also, Tegerdine’s bloggers have been really rough on Palazzo and his eminent domain vote with the Gov….cannot trace these remarks to Tegerdine directly, but it still comes back to him in the minds of Palazzo’s people…. So, has each group “alienated” the other group too much to “pull together” as Haley said in the gen. election to get rid of Taylor.

      I sure hope so.

      • mspolitics82 permalink
        April 19, 2010 9:08 am

        OOOPSS>>>>I sure hope NOT!

  46. Travis permalink
    April 22, 2010 12:36 am

    Great observations Paul. What stands out to me is the fact that Palazzo didn’t decide to run until after Scott Brown. Maybe he thinks he can ride the moderate Brown”s coattails to DC. I think Tegerdine has the better chance of unseating Taylor. The Republican establishment has ran candidates against him and never came close. George HW even came down and campaigned against Taylor, then said it was a waste of time. I think maybe its time for a grassroots campaign.

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