Tegerdine: Election Isn’t Going To Come Down To Money

April 27, 2010
tags: 2010 House, MS-04, Steven Palazzo, Joe Tegerdine
by Brett

The Marion County Informer ran an article yesterday looking at the MS-04 primary following first quarter financial reports. They went over the fundraising info that we have detailed extensively here, while also talking with the Palazzo and Tegerdine campaign to get feedback as we are only about five weeks out from the election.

Here are some highlights:

- Palazzo campaign manager Wells Griffith said that even though Haley Barbour spoke at an event for Palazzo in New Orleans (during the Southern Republican Leadership Conference a couple weeks ago), the governor has not made an official endorsement. You may remember we reported a while back that Barbour was not going to get involved in the GOP primary in MS-01.

- This is what Griffith said about Palazzo’s $125,000 haul: “It shows Steven’s campaign for Congress has the support necessary to beat Gene Taylor.” He also noted (as we have) that Palazzo has already raised more than any other candidate who has run against Taylor.

- Tegerdine said this about the fundraising figures: “It’s not going to come down to money. It’s going to come down to who has the most people on the ground working.”

- Tegerdine said he has 700 volunteers working on his campaign (which depending on how active they are is extremely impressive). He also said he had more than 400 donors who gave under $250.

- Griffith said the campaign is excited to be in the NRCC Young Guns program.

- Tegerdine said he doesn’t want to be in the Young Guns program, saying the NRCC “wants to control your campaign,” and he doesn’t want to relinquish any control. Tegerdine said the program was all about money.

48 Responses leave one →
  1. April 27, 2010
    princess sophia permalink

    I think this demonstrates the difference between the two candidates quite nicely. Joe is going about it the old fashioned way with the help of the people and he knows better than to let the party control everything. Palazzo on the other hand needs the help and does what the party tells him to do. He’s typical of the modern day Republican a collectivist wearing a slightly conservative mantle. That’s why it’s so easy for him to justify his emminent domain stance and his sudafed bill that will make the poor get a prescription or drive to a different state for an over the counter drug. He punishes the innocent masses not the criminals.

  2. April 27, 2010
    mspolitics82 permalink

    If you take a good look at these campaigns as I did before I committed to one of them, you can easily see that one goes by the “party” play book, and the other is candidate-led and volunteer-based. One will depend on money to get out the vote (again, party play-book), the other has been depending on people reaching people day-by-day. One is “politics as usual”, even down to some of the advertisements; the other is anti-establishment politics. Take your pick====whatever turns you on. I, for one, believe either of these two Republican candidates can beat Gene Taylor; so, I am committed to the one who I think will “FIGHT” harder for the people—-and that has been the one who has the people “fighting” for him.

  3. April 27, 2010
    mspolitics82 permalink

    Thank you, Brett, for a well balanced comparison.

  4. April 27, 2010
    Ben permalink

    Reading the article, it looks like the Marion Co. Informer has chosen the weaker candidate Joe T as the one they want to go against Gene. I’m not surprised, they know that Gene would beat Joe T worse than any other challenger if they faced each other, and I bet want Gene to. I think Joe is wrong when he said the election isn’t going to come down to money. When you have never voted in MS (like Joe T), its going to take a whole lot of money to convince people that you should be their congressman. I guess when you can’t raise money then the best thing to do is say you don’t need money to win – wrong. I still don’t trust this guy moving to MS to run for congress.

  5. April 27, 2010
    Eagle Eye permalink

    This short video shows that high funding can be a concern to even a well supported grass roots Mississippi election team: http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=M2aToOJVUzM

  6. April 27, 2010
    Dan Lindsay permalink

    I spoke with Ben Cassidy of the NRCC Young Guns program and came away with the impression that this program is politics as usual and all about money. I like Steve and hope he chooses to stay in Jackson working hard for us. We need him there.

    I have heard multiple debates to date and I don’t believe that Steve can survive a debate with Gene Taylor. Gene Taylor has been in Washington for 20 years for a reason and I don’t think that Steve has the skills needed to unseat him.

    I have seen Joe go toe to toe with Gene and watched Gene get angry at being challenged.

    Steve is a great guy and already has four years in Jackson and the state party thinks highly of him. I believe he will do well for himself and the people of Mississippi by staying in Jackson and watching our money from Jackson.

    • April 27, 2010
      quick 2 say permalink

      Here is Gene Taylor in his own words and actions demonstrating how he debated the health care bill for the American People. Very telling to see him in action! At 3:02 he shows how he talks to other female Congress officials, very unimpressive i you ask me. I want to see Joe Tegerdine up against Taylor. It would be premium.

      Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpLP1Up5IbI

  7. April 27, 2010
    Chris permalink

    The NRCC’s job is to win elections for Republicans. They know who can win and what it takes to win. You can knock them all you want and say how money doesn’t mean anything or the NRCC doesn’t mean anything and that is fine and all when you have neither, but it doesn’t get you anywhere. If you have such a problem with the NRCC why you even run as a Republican other than for political expediency?

  8. April 27, 2010
    Eagle Eye permalink

    I will be supporting the New Conservative Republican. I’m sick and tired of the good ol’ boy Republican Machine. I can’t believe Steven sold out Mississippi the first opportunity he had. It really leaves a poor taste in my mouth for him to have hired his support team outside of the district to make fund raising calls… Keep the jobs in Mississippi.
    Joe Tegerdine don’t ever fold to the Republican Machine Please. Don’t ever fall into a commitment to comply to their direction for funding and support. Mississippi will support you for not being part of the political problem. It is time for Solutions, Strength, and leadership willing to stand against the Party when it goes off track. This is just the beginning of the differences between these two candidates. Watch them side by side if you get a chance, see who you want in the Congress fighting for your freedom. Who is most Knowledgeable on the issues facing Mississippi? Who has the strength in character to always do the right thing by representing the people in Mississippi not the Party?
    Joe You have my unyielding support, and I will send some more money your way. I know you are expecting some inaccurate commercials to smear you with lies just before the Primary, That’s what money can buy, as they are already doing. Mississippi will get to know you better. Mississippi cares! Take Back America!

  9. April 27, 2010
    princess sophia permalink

    Chris…….they lost the last big one. They gave us McCain and Obama won. Nice job NRCC!

    • April 27, 2010
      Chris permalink

      I don’t think the NRCC gave us McCain. I think he was elected in the primary. And I do not know any Republican candidate who was have defeated Obama anyway. I think Romney could have done better with the economy angle since that was his area, but still way too much was going against the Republicans.

      • April 27, 2010
        mspolitics82 permalink

        Yea, I agree…too much WAS going against the Republicans, many of whom were financed and “groomed” by the NRCC. I think Joe T’s point is that, as a candidate, he does not want to be a part of a “program” that would require him to be in D.C. some of the time and take away from his time back in the district; also, I think he would rather have the support of the party because OF WHAT HE STANDS FOR, not merely because of HOW MANY MONEY PEOPLE HE KNOWS…..perhaps the NRCC would do better by changing the play book to include finding the BEST candidate and then BACKING/GATHERING FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THAT PERSON …instead of putting all your eggs into finding the person who knows the most finacially blessed people and making that person “your guy”.

  10. April 27, 2010
    Malcolm permalink

    What Joe has is over 700 volunteers working for his campaign. Name 1 election in Mississippi’s 4th congressional district that has had that many volunteers ever, not to mention this early in a campaign. We have 2 candidates running for the Republican nomination. On has $125,000 and pays his staff, one has 700 volunteers working for free. So lets do the math. If 700 volunteers put in 10 hours a week on the campaign. If you had to pay each volunteer just $5.00 per hour that totals up to $35,000 per week in campaign expenses. Joe gets that for free every week. These are the same volunteers that got the Voter I.D. petition signed and put on the ballot. Since ballot initiative has only happened once before in state history, you would think the Republican Party would realize its not a good idea to piss those people off.

    Those volunteers are going to vote for Joe. Their families and friends are going to vote for Joe. You can try to buy the election all you want with special interest money and a compromised career political candidate but its not going to happen. This election is going to come down to boots on the ground and volunteers in the trenches plain and simple. Joe has them and Steve doesn’t.

    • April 27, 2010
      Dan Lindsay permalink

      You are dead on center.

      The people that volunteer for Joe hold the Mississippi voters in high esteem and know that they are smarter than the establishment gives them credit. There vote can not be purchased by flashy TV adds nor by negative campaigning.

      Barack Obama did not get over 30% of the vote in the 4th District. That is a tribute to the intelligence and acumen of the Mississippi voter.

      Having come from the North over 30 years ago, the most impressive lesson I’ve learned about Mississippians is that they can read a man’s heart in about five minutes. I trust the next elections to the Mississippi voter and I trust Tea Party Joe.

  11. April 27, 2010
    Shad permalink

    Here are some real life numbers:

    We live in 2010, the era where 800k people live in a congressional district and about about 40k might turn out to vote in this primary. Of those 40k people, maybe 10k actually spend time following politics and platforms, etc. Do you know why the other 30k turnout? Because someone spent the $$$$ to reach them with a message that they believed in. The overwhelming majority of single mothers, blue collar patriots, and entrepreneurs are far too busy with their careers to show up at every little nic-and-crany event hosted.

    700 is probably the number of people who signed some form of contact list at events. Barbour didnt have 700 volunteers statewide. Get real people.

    Joe T is probably a very nice guy with only the best intentions at heart. But if we are even going to have a remote shot at BEATING GENE TAYLOR, its going to come through Palazzo. So loose the warm fuzzy feeling inside and get behind a candidate with some substance: I am voting for Steven Palazzo

    • April 27, 2010
      Frank Lee permalink

      Shad your your message is the core reason why our government is in the shape it is in today. People wind up voting for who they think can win and not who they think is the best man for the job. Ross Perot for instance did not get the votes to become President of the USA when everyone knew he was the best man for the job. The reason he did not get the votes is because people like you told people like me that he was a wasted vote. I was dumb enough to listen back then. Fact is if everyone who liked Perot would have voted for him he would have won the thing.
      The President today is only there because his people gave democrats the message that he could beat the GOP nominee. Well conservative Dems fell for that line and voted for him just like liberal Dems and look what he has done for them. Nothing! He was in fact the person who would beat the GOP nominee but ask a truly conservative Dem. and they will tell you they do not like what BO is doing. If only the conservative Dems would have said no to the propaganda we may have had someone like Zell Miller running the country who cared more about the country as a whole and less about feeding there ego.
      So folks if you feel Joe T is the man then by all means vote for him in the primary. If Joe T wins that then the GOP will have to give him all of the tools necessary in order to beat Taylor. Only thing is if Joe T looses then be prepared to go with S. P. or face the consequences of G. T. for four more years because I guarantee you will not beat him in ’12 because BO will have folks turning out in droves.
      Vote your conscious.

  12. April 27, 2010
    princess sophia permalink

    Shad I’ve listened to both of them. Steve will get slaughtered by Taylor. Debating isn’t his thing by any stretch. Which is why I’ll be surprised if he debates Joe again.

  13. April 27, 2010
    Joan permalink

    Oh I get it. Steven’s Washington DC campaign philosophy is Mississippians are to ignorant and uninvolved in the primary to know what they are doing or to know how to vote and need to be told. They need commercials to tell them how to vote because Steven in reality could never go against Taylor Or Tegerdine successfully. Steven is betting they are to ignorant to know the difference between genuine skill, knowledge, strengths, and ability versus rehearsed commercial.

    Your shameful way of thinking has inspired me to go out and do more for Joe Tegerdine. More for Mississippi. Mississippi deserves better then a teleprompter commercial acted out.

    I’ve called many of those 700 volunteers and I must say all but one was very delighted to get my call and that one I had caught at a meal time. When I made calls for a senator now in office People were less then pleased some even hostile of my call and he still got elected.

    • April 27, 2010
      Republican Dawg permalink

      So if you run ads you think voters are ignorant? That must be the lamest excuse I have ever heard . I’m sure if Tegerdine could raise money he would run ads. I laughed awhile back when someone said all the Tegerdine fans were a cult, I would say more like robots. Just annoyingly repeat the same information again and again to try to make you think Tegerdine people are everywhere. Very much reminds me of the Ron Paul people. I wouldn’t be shocked if it was just a couple different people thinking up different names/ emails.

  14. April 27, 2010
    princess sophia permalink

    Grassroots are scarey when all you have is 71 supporters versus 700 isn’t it? We shall all see what’s what when the levers get pulled. Up until then enjoy the noise. I have noticed that whenever the two candidates are together all of the people flock to Joe not Steve. More robots? You betcha! It’s called connecting with people. Steve should try it, but then again maybe he is trying LMAO

    • April 27, 2010
      Republican Dawg permalink

      Its funny- you say Palazzo has 71 supporters because I am guessing that is how many people were on the campaign finance reports. However the same reports showed what 15 or 20 people on Tegerdine’s? Yet you claim 700 volunteers. I suppose anyone can claim whatever they want. Hey I just heard Palazzo has 1,567 volunteers- oh it must be true now. Spread it on….

  15. April 27, 2010
    LimaBean permalink

    I am more interested in these 700 alleged volunteers. I have not seen them. I have been to tea parties and yes I have seen Tegerdine volunteers and supporters, but usually only a handfull. I even went to one of the debates and saw many supporters but only about 12 actual volunteers. I have seen JT at several events and it is the same ole people that go with him almost every time. I think some of you are confusing supporters with volunteers.

    Just because a campaign claims to have something does not make it true. I have not seen these volunteers and I do get around the pine belt. At best he has 50 volunteers. Yes he has supporters in the 912 movement, but they are not volunteers working for the campaign. Just because you sell a t-shirt or get a signature on a list does not make them volunteers.

    What I beleve we are reading is simple campaign propaganda. Propaganda from a guy his followers claim is not a politician and would never resort to such tactics.

    Joe makes some great koolaid. Am I wrong? Show me the photos of these volunteers? Show me the evidence of these alleged volunteers. Surely they all joined his facebook page or meet up group? Surely they can have simultaneous events going on at the same time.

    If they exist where was my phone call or knock on the door or any of my neighbors doors or my friends accross town? I live in a very conservative neighborhood that no R candidate for any office has missed in years… I see 3 Palazzo signs, but not one Tegerdine sign.

    Are these volunteers in covert mode? Sorry I simply do not believe they exist. If he had 700 volunteers surely they would have donated some money to his cause knowing how desparately he needs it. If he had 700 volunteers why is he advertising for a paid intern to help with his campaign wouldn’t one of the 700 do it for free? Surely they would gather in groups and wave signs at passing cars for all of the world to see.

    What is more probable is that the numbers Joe Tegerdine is telling us about are people who signed his campaign list. Wicker had over 1100 signees just in Harrison County last time he ran. 700 names on a list district wide is not very impressive actually.

    If I discover that I am wrong I will promptly return here and praise his efforts to high heaven and go get an eye exam, but as of this moment the evidence is simply not there for his outlandish claims. Before you flame me for daring to question the word of the savior of south Mississippi prove me wrong. If they exist show me the evidence.

  16. April 27, 2010
    Jon permalink

    All I can say is that at the Gulfport Tea Party I saw tons of signs for Joe being carried by supporters but only one lady carried a sign for Steve. I see Joe as a Ronald Reagan Republican and Steve as a John McCain Republican. That’s okay the NRCC hated Ronald Reagan too but he still won the election!

  17. April 27, 2010
    Conlee permalink

    Jon I don’t want tea party you were at but that is a completely false statement. More people were taking to a real south mississippian and taking palazzo signs. The only people with Joe were the same people that drank his koolaid (lol Lima bean). Palazzo campaign is not in such dire straits to charge for yard signs. That’s pathetic in a campaign. Palazzo campaign isn’t lying about everything either. I think that’s transparency. I look forward to being able to read this blog after the primary when all of you will have your tail bt your legs and will stop putting out Teger-ganda.

    • April 27, 2010
      Jon permalink

      April 15th 2010 Gulfport Sportsplex from about 7:oo pm to 9:00 pm.

  18. April 27, 2010
    princess sophia permalink

    “”I am more interested in these 700 alleged volunteers. I have not seen them. I have been to tea parties and yes I have seen Tegerdine volunteers and supporters, but usually only a handfull. I even went to one of the debates and saw many supporters but only about 12 actual volunteers. I have seen JT at several events and it is the same ole people that go with him almost every time. I think some of you are confusing supporters with volunteers. “”

    You should try to get out more!

    “”Just because a campaign claims to have something does not make it true. I have not seen these volunteers and I do get around the pine belt.”"

    But you haven’t seen any Joe Tegerdine Signs ?

    “”Yes he has supporters in the 912 movement, but they are not volunteers working for the campaign.”"

    This is an understatement that ranks right up there with Bill Clinton trying to redefine what the word “is” means. Yes many of them are volunteering for the campaign.

    “”Surely they can have simultaneous events going on at the same time.”"

    All the time. Thats what simultaneous means.

    “”If they exist where was my phone call or knock on the door or any of my neighbors doors or my friends accross town? I live in a very conservative neighborhood that no R candidate for any office has missed in years… I see 3 Palazzo signs, but not one Tegerdine sign.”"

    Glad to know you live next to the Palazzo’s.

    “”Are these volunteers in covert mode? Sorry I simply do not believe they exist. If he had 700 volunteers surely they would have donated some money to his cause knowing how desparately he needs it. If he had 700 volunteers why is he advertising for a paid intern to help with his campaign wouldn’t one of the 700 do it for free? Surely they would gather in groups and wave signs at passing cars for all of the world to see. “”

    Now that’s some serious covert action. Hiding in plain sight. I don’t mean to be rude, but who is your eye doctor? I ask only so that I can avoid what seems to be a serious case of untreated myopia. He might be advertising for an intern because he can afford it. Maybe those 700 peeps coughed up some cash which is easier than quitting their jobs. I would like to add that those 700 are already donating a lot of their time. Apparently you missed the Tea Party in Biloxi on April 17th that a certain Lieutenant Governor refused to speak at after driving around the block 3 times and calling the organizer to say he didn’t feel comfortable speaking where there were that many Tegerdine signs. Or maybe you missed the Joe Tegerdine signs being waved by supporters on the Shawn Hannity show live from the SRLC.

    You know something Conlee? Joe stayed here because he found something he likes and agrees with here in Mississippi. He’s lived all over the place like I have. Palazzo is here because this is where he happened. What an awesome statement that is. He just happened here that’s not a choice. I can see why you might not understand the difference. It’s like you or me saying we picked our parents. Gimme a break. ROFLMAO You were apparently at a different tea party. Were there three Palazzo signs in the yard?

    • April 28, 2010
      LimaBean permalink

      Thanks for the reply Sophia. I guess we poor dumb Mississippians are just too stupid to count beyond our fingers and toes. I still had six toes left after counting volunteers at the events you mentioned. Most volunteers actually work events not sit in lawn chairs and cheer every time someone says something patriotic. Not sure what Phil Bryant has to do with this discussion but I guess he has his reasons for keeping his distance from that group. The question remains; where are these volunteers? Show us the 700. I have learned that a thing is judged by the fruit it produces. The evidence for your fantasy 700 is nowhere to be found. I see no fruits, only nuts. :)

  19. April 27, 2010
    princess sophia permalink

    “”Republican Dawg permalink
    Its funny- you say Palazzo has 71 supporters because I am guessing that is how many people were on the campaign finance reports. However the same reports showed what 15 or 20 people on Tegerdine’s? Yet you claim 700 volunteers. I suppose anyone can claim whatever they want. Hey I just heard Palazzo has 1,567 volunteers- oh it must be true now. Spread it on….”"

    Actually I noticed houses making donations when I read his numbers. Now that’s interesting. I saw where a person at an address would make a donation and then the property said “What the heck!” and tossed in the same amount. You know I just wish I could get my house the pay the bills for me too. If only I had an accounting degree………I probably wouldn’t have to work then. Drats! Double drats even.

  20. April 27, 2010
    Ben permalink

    Princess Sophia GET A GRIP.

    you sound Crazy

  21. April 27, 2010
    George permalink

    Agreed, you have way too much time on your hands.

  22. April 27, 2010
    Travis permalink

    I think we need to have a huge voter turnout in the general to defeat Gene Taylor. I don’t see a race between two career politicians doing that. A grassroots candidate, rather than an establishment candidate may do the trick. My grandmother loves to tell me about George HW Bush saying he wasted his time campaigning against Gene. The establishment has had their tries, I’m going with Joe Tegerdine.

  23. April 27, 2010
    Patrick permalink

    Yeah princess. If you aren’t careful “Jesus Joe” is not going to let you blog for him anymore. Then how will you fill your days?

  24. April 27, 2010
    Hershel Yerber permalink

    Question is Joe Tegerdine from Mississippi? I don’t believe he is. Do we really want to send someone to D.C. to represent the voters of Mississippi who are not from the state?

  25. April 27, 2010
    Hershel Yerber permalink

    I would feel much more comfortable sending a veteran and C.P.A, Steve Palazzo to Congress. How does Joe Tegerdine campaign staff have any respect running a quasi “GI JOE” campaign with someone that has never served our country. I don’t see how any self respecting conservative can even call Joe Tegerdine a “REGAN CONSERVATIVE!” Give me a break. I think all of his “supporters” are spreading his propaganda about him on blogs like this. Some comments have called this grass roots. I believe not. I believe all I see is online attacks on Steve Palazzo. Whether you like it or not, campaigning does come down to fundraising. It shows people are behind your platform. I also was at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference and PEOPLE are behind STEVE PALAZZO!

    • April 28, 2010
      mspolitics82 permalink

      Hershel….if all you see is online attacks on just Steven Palazzo, then you need to 1. read more carefully 2. get around to more blogs! The attacks go both ways, buddy, and some might say even in the sentences you wrote—-guess it depends on what your definition of the word “attacks” is. Anywhoo, the bickering back and forth like spoiled children is just what ole’ Gene wants to happen, and sometimes I cannot help but wonder if some of the posts I read aren’t really from within his camp. Oh, well, guess we will never know the truth about that, will we?

      Oh, by the way…..how much of a donation does one person need to make to show that they are BEHIND (as you put it) a candidate’s platform…..how do you define THAT ONE ???? If 10 persons in a candidate’s district give $2,000 each ($20,000), and 500 people in the district give $10 each ($5,000), which candidate has the most people in the district BEHIND HIS PLATFORM–the one with the most money, or the one with the most contributors? Does the $10 contributor NOT REALLY support the candidate because he only gave a measley ole ten bucks, but the $2,000 contributor DOES? At what dollar point does the contributor BEGIN to be BEHIND THE PLATFORM???? Well that’s the kind of scenario we have in this race, Hershel…think about it.

      • April 28, 2010
        Hershel Yerber permalink

        I am not talking about individual donations. The fact is fundraising is a crucial part of campaigning. It doesn’t matter if you got $10 from ten thousand people or a $100 from a thousand. It just shows that people are willing to put money behind a candidate they support.

        • April 28, 2010
          mspolitics82 permalink

          I am talking about the NUMBER of INDIVIDUALS making those donations…..if you got 83 people giving 125,000 and 700 people giving 35,000, then, translating that into votes, it’s 83 vs. 700. Of course, I think what you, and others are trying to say is that the greater amount of money can be used to attempt to “buy” more votes through advertising. Sadly enough, many votes are “bought” that way in a lot of elections, especially in elections that go beyond just a small geographical are, where it’s harder for the candidate to “get around” to everyone. However, in this case, one of the candidates has “gotten around” a lot, while the other one has not, because one decided a year ago to try to get Taylor out of office, and the other one, even when given the opportunity early on, said “no thanks”, until 2 weeks before qualifiying deadline—–not an attack, Hershel, just fact …..so, we will see on June 1, what money, in this case, can actually “buy”.

          • April 28, 2010
            Concerned Citizen permalink

            I am sorry but I believe Hershel is correct in saying fundraising is key to all election victories. It doesn’t mean that a candidate is “buying votes.” It is just a simple correlation. The fact that Steve did hold out till later is a great quality in a leader. Steve took the idea of running for Congress very seriously and weighed all the options. I believe that is what we need in D.C. I believe also that both candidates have gotten around to a lot of people and rallies.

  26. April 28, 2010
    princess sophia permalink

    Patrick…I decide where I and when and how I post. I’m not paid for or owned by anyone. What’s it feel like?
    Hershel…You just tossed out the only original planks from Steves platform. I’m from Mississippi, I’m a vet and I’m a CPA. The rest of his plank is being stolen from Joe. That says a lot about how sincere he is.
    By the way it’s Reagan Republican not Regan. Steve tends toward more government control as evidenced in his emminant domain and sudafed votes.

    • April 28, 2010
      Hershel Yerber permalink

      What are these ‘stolen planks’ of Palazzo’s campaign that you speak of? The only plank I know of Joe is his “quasi” GI Joe campaigning while never serving in the military. I also believe that being a veteran, C.P.A., and being from Mississippi are very great advantages over Joe. By the way thanks for the correction of the typo.

  27. April 28, 2010
    Raiseya permalink

    I am one of those mysterious never seen volunteers for Joe. I think he is a break from ‘politics as usual’ and will represent the people of MS-04 well.

    In a side note about Steve’s ads, another candidate just got in trouble with the Marine Corp for running ads with him in uniform. Now I see an ad for Steve on this page with him in uniform. I also understand that Steve is still active in the National Guard since was the reason he gave for not attending the 4/17 912 rally in Biloxi.

    Here is the link to the article on uniforms in ads:

    http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/04/27/1168913/marines-tell-ward-to-pull-campaign.html

    • April 28, 2010

      I’m aware of that story, Palazzo’s campaign is aware of it and are looking into it to make sure they are in the right on this.

      • April 28, 2010
        LimaBean permalink

        I think their use of the word “veteran” should eliminate any problems. Or they can simply add a disclaimer at the bottom saying it is not an endorsement by the US military. Should be a simple fix if it is even a problem. It does not look like a military endorsement to me but it could be in the grey area.

  28. April 28, 2010
    princess sophia permalink

    Having a star that reminds you of a toy doesn’t nake it a GI joe campaign. Not to mention the fact that the logo has been around for a lot longer than Steve has been in the race. So who stole what? LOL
    Steve was against term limits now he’s all for them that’s one. In Gulfport he said he’s all for auditing the federal reserve now. When he was in Hattiesburgh he didn’t seem to know what it was. Now he thinks audits are groovey.

  29. April 28, 2010
    Marine Mom permalink

    The Republican Primary in June will decide who goes up against Gene Taylor. (You know, Taylor, the guy who voted Pelosi into power and threw out our Constitution.) The person who goes up against Taylor should be a FEARLESS DEFENDER OF OUR CONSTITUTION. Joe Tegerdine is the only fearless primary candidate. He is the only one who can beat Taylor. Long ago, Joe Tegerdine spoke up and defended us by taking on Gene Taylor at the Town Hall Meetings. Unlike his primary opponent, Joe has NEVER given the government the right to take away our land or any other freedoms. At this critical moment in our country, it is not about uniforms or where you came from. It is about who has the braveheart to stand up and PROTECT AND DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. That man is Joe Tegerdine!

  30. April 28, 2010
    Fred Wise permalink

    Talk about out-of-state, some of the IP addresses on this board. It’s the same kind of belligerents we saw when Constance McMillan wanted to bring her GIRLFRIEND to the school prom and the school board canceled the prom. How about all you out of state bloggers go back to the hall. That’s it. “Go back to the hall y’all!”

    • April 28, 2010
      Red permalink

      I live in Mississippi but I have a Tennessee IP address I imagine the same thing could take place with Alabama or Louisiana. How do you know where the IP addresses are from?

      • April 29, 2010

        Yea I don’t know how anyone would know IP addresses other than myself and other admins. The only time I stream of out of staters was with the Constance McMillen stories. And I guess there were a couple other times when we had national blogs pick our stories up, but they were generally favorable to the blog.

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