After Gene Taylor disclosed that he voted for John McCain in 2008, the question then turned to whether he supported George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. Taylor responded by saying, “I’m not being evasive. I just don’t remember.”
Steven Palazzo’s camp wasn’t buying it, issuing this statement: “Taylor’s desperate attempts to make people forget about his record won’t change the fact that he voted for Speaker Nancy Pelosi twice and helped push through the dangerous Obama-Pelosi liberal agenda. Taylor may have ‘forgotten’ who he voted for just a few years ago, but South Mississippi won’t soon forget about the damage his votes for higher taxes and bailouts have caused. It’s time to stop talking about the past and start focusing on the future, and that starts with replacing Gene Taylor and repairing the damage that he and Nancy Pelosi have done.”
More on Taylor, Palazzo and MS-04:
– When Taylor was asked about the potential to change parties, he responded by saying, “we’ll see.” Taylor then tried to back of that opening somewhat by declaring, “I have every intention of remaining a Democrat.”
– Sen. David Baria (D-Bay St. Louis) endorsed Taylor which isn’t a surprise, but what is interesting is that he used direct quotes from Joe Tegerdine’s endorsement of Taylor in making his case. Baria even went to say that his own endorsement of Taylor is “probably meaningless” but the one from Tegerdine is “powerful.” Perhaps I was wrong about saying Tegerdine has no future in Mississippi politics because it looks like Coast Democrats love him all of a sudden.
– The Sun Herald is reporting that absentee voting is unusually high for the upcoming election, specifically along the three Coast counties. Since we have no party registration, we have no way of knowing who that benefits (although plenty of Republicans vote for Taylor anyway). In it, Brad White, state GOP chairman, explains why the high turnout is favorable to Palazzo.
– Taylor released what may be his last campaign spot of the election cycle titled ‘Straight Talk.’ In probably his most pointed comments of the election, he says that Palazzo “has based his campaign on lies and half-truths” and that “our nation faces serious problems that are not going to be solved by liars.”
– Here are the latest listings of independent expenditures from the DCCC (which will likely also be the last of the election). Not that it’s a surprise, but they did not bother to intervene to help Taylor as the NRCC did for Palazzo.
– One last point on Tegerdine. His endorsement for Taylor wasn’t necessarily for Taylor. We could have had Barack Obama in that district and Tegerdine would have supported him over Palazzo. It didn’t matter. This is simply an individual who is powerless trying to make a name for himself and prop himself up a week before Election Day in his own attempt at revenge. He succeeded in getting media attention for himself (something he couldn’t do too well in the primary), but did nothing to bolster Taylor. Much like Colin Powell endorsing Obama in 2008, endorsements usually say more about the people making the endorsement than they do about the individual they endorse.