Palazzo Latest Spot Features Taylor’s ’07 Pelosi Vote
Of the many things you can say about Steven Palazzo and his campaign, he has done an excellent job of staying on message. And his latest campaign spot is no different, and probably more affective than his previous ads. In the spot, he includes a clip of Gene Taylor voting for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker in 2007, complete with Taylor smiling while he receives a standing ovation from the Democratic caucus. As you see the look on Taylor’s face, you can only imagine what he is thinking at that time. Today, he has to be wishing he could have that vote- and his 2009 vote- back.
What Taylor has to say about Palazzo. In preparation for next Friday’s debate between Palazzo and Taylor, the two sides exchanged shots as reported in the Sun Herald.
Taylor mocked Palazzo who has been relentlessly attacking the incumbent for some time: “Does he ever talk to anyone? I’m talking to you. Has anyone heard him say anything other than ‘I’m Steven Palazzo and I approve this message’? I’m looking forward to the debate, because quite frankly, I’m curious to hear if the guy can talk.”
Palazzo said this: “I’m looking forward to a spirited debate of the Obama-Pelosi agenda supported by Congressman Taylor and discussing my ideas to restore economic prosperity to South Mississippi.”
Joining Nunnelee and Palazzo. Just to update you on a couple campaign stops featuring well known Republicans over the next few days.
Tomorrow, Auditor Stacey Pickering will spend the day with Alan Nunnelee on the fifth day of his bus tour. Nunnelee had previously been joined by Gov. Haley Barbour, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, Sen. Roger Wicker and GOP Leader John Boehner.
Palazzo will have a rally on Monday in Biloxi with Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. Blackburn, who represents a district that stretches from the suburbs of Nashville to the suburbs of Memphis, is a Laurel native who graduated from Mississippi State.
What is Thompson spending his money on? I suppose a better question to ask would be why Bennie Thompson is spending the money he is. Through October 13 campaign finance reports, Thompson has spent nearly $900,000 (trailing only Nunnelee and Childers in the First) through this election cycle for his seat that is considered safe by every major political analyst.
In the competitive Fourth, Palazzo and Taylor combined have only spent about 10 percent more than Thompson on his own. Gregg Harper, who in as safe as Thompson, has spent around $465,000.
On the Cook ratings… Yesterday the Palazzo campaign picked up a nice boost in the form of updated ratings from the Cook Political Report showing the race now a toss-up. It joined the First District in that category, although that race has been there for months.
I did some more looking into Cook’s ratings, and I would consider them to be on the more conservative side (meaning least likely to make bold predictions). Only 13 seats held by Democrats who are running for re-election are on the Republican side of the toss-up category. By contrast, the Rothenberg Report has around two-dozen seats that fit into this category although that may be due to the ‘Tilt’ categories Cook does not have.
Odds and ends. ** The Daily Journal continues their series looking at specific issues in the First District. Today, they had a piece with some of the differences in what Nunnelee and Childers think about healthcare reform. *** Not exactly a shock, but the 50 member House Republican Conference in the state recently endorsed Palazzo. **** On Tuesday, Taylor was endorsed by the Petal News/ Lamar Times. You can read the editorial here.