Taylor: I Voted For McCain In 2008
In a Sun Herald article about the effect Nancy Pelosi is having on the Gene Taylor-Steven Palazzo match-up, Taylor noted that he voted for John McCain- the 2008 Republican nominee for president- over Barack Obama. I asked some people on the Coast about this and they said this was the first they had heard about this, and it was certainly the first time I had heard such a statement.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, an Independent from Connecticut who caucuses with the Democrats, openly supported and campaigned with McCain. Obviously, Taylor didn’t do anything near that public (if anything at all).
In 2004, Taylor supported General Wesley Clark in the Democratic primary, but then refused to support John Kerry- the eventual nominee- later that year.
** The story where that quote was taken from centered around Pelosi. The Daily Journal also had a story over the weekend looking at the effect the Speaker is having on the race in the First.
*** Childers, who hasn’t been as harsh on Pelosi as Taylor, refused to say that he would definitely oppose the San Francisco Democrat only that he prefers someone more moderate. Without naming names, Childers speculated that a member of the Blue Dog coalition will run against Pelosi. Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) is the only Democrat to openly float their own name, although it seemed like he was joking when he did so.
**** Despite Taylor’s talk of Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) or Childers propping up an unnamed Blue Dog, Democratic insiders say there is zero chance the caucus rejects Pelosi should she opt to run for a leadership position in 2011 (whether it’s in the majority or minority).
More news and notes from MS-04. ** The 912 Project of Jones County held a get-out-the-vote rally over the weekend which was headlined by Palazzo and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Ellisville). *** Here is a profile of Libertarian candidate Tim Hampton. **** Over the weekend, the NRCC made an issue about a recent donation from the New Democrat Coalition to Taylor. The group is made up of some of the most liberal members of Congress. ***** Palazzo made a point over the weekend that I think is often understated, but very true about the race: “If Republicans vote Republican, we’re going to have a Republican in Congress for the Fourth Congressional District.” ****** The Sun Herald recently had lengthy campaign stories following Taylor and Palazzo as they were on the trail.
RCP saying MS-02 isn’t a given. Conventional wisdom is the D +12, majority African-American Second District is as safe as any Democratic seat in the nation. In an interesting twist, Real Clear Politics has the race in the ‘Likely Democrat’ category. As far as I can tell, this is the only rating I have seen where the race wasn’t considered safe.
** Speaking of this race, Fox 40 has interviews with both Marcy and Bennie Thompson.
Barbour to criss-cross country this week. Bill Minor and Jamie Franks to go crazy in 3,2,1… Last week it was announced that Haley Barbour- in his role as RGA chair- will hit the campaign trail this week in a big way. He will visit 13 states in five day starting Tuesday.
States include: New Mexico, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Oregon, Minnesota, Florida, and Wisconsin.
On many of the stops, Barbour will be joined by other governors such as Bobby Jindal (LA), Bob McDonnell (VA), Chris Christie (NJ), and Tim Pawlenty (MN).
Stringer wants vote on tax increases. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Johnny Stringer (D-Montrose) said last week that he wants to put a tax-increase package on the ballot in 2011. Without many details yet, it would likely include higher taxes on liquor and casinos. Stringer contends we will need to raise taxes in some way in light off revue shortfalls, while Barbour’s office maintains that they won’t support a tax hike.