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The Latest On The Debate

October 28, 2010
tags: 2010 House, Gene Taylor, MS-04, Steven Palazzo
by Brett

Friday night’s debate between Gene Taylor and Steven Palazzo has taken an interesting couple of turns this week, but we have the latest.

The fact that anything got planned is a minor miracle. Taylor’s group wanted no studio audience, while Palazzo wanted a studio audience and for the debate to be unedited. The WKFK deal was a bit of a compromise with no studio audience, but it will also be unedited. Kipp Gregory was to be the moderator.

Until this week when we learned that Gregory is out as the planned moderator. In his place is Kelly Bennett. The only media source to report on this is the Sun Herald although they made no note of the change or why it happened. Republican sources on the Coast following the race maintain that Taylor was involved in Gregory’s removal, and I’ve been told that Taylor’s camp thought Gregory was “too anti-Pelosi.” One person joked and said that since Taylor no longer supports Nancy Pelosi, it would simply be a debate between three people who are anti-Pelosi. Bennett is seen as someone who is more friendly to Taylor.

Nevertheless, the change was made and Palazzo’s side didn’t really have room to negotiate that.

Then today, Taylor- after pushing for a change in moderator- sends out another scathing press release labeling Palazzo a chicken and saying that the Republican had backed out of tomorrow’s debate. Despite this, I have been told in the affirmative that the debate is still on.

Is Palazzo happy with the changes? Undoubtedly not. But it takes a lot of nerve to throw your weight around to make changes and then complain if the other side isn’t happy with those new arrangements.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Dontreadonme permalink
    October 28, 2010 6:18 pm

    Palazzo should call Taylor out for a public debate. Palazzo should ask Taylor why he want debate him in Public. (remember the townhalls.) Call Taylor all sorts of names he will do it or look weak.

  2. Dave permalink
    October 29, 2010 2:52 pm

    I hope that the debate is still on. I understand Steven will have to answer questions about the FEC filing and his interference in the settlement of the estate of the late John David Scoggins.

  3. catty permalink
    October 29, 2010 9:35 pm

    Taylor, as usual in all his previous debates, was nasty …calling Palazzo a liar and taking credit for everything but the weather in South MS. Palazzo was cool and calm and did not resort to Taylor’s name calling level. Notice too that Taylor’s people told everyone Palazzo had backed out when he didn’t …another sign of how desperate Taylor is and how low he will stoop to win. Even if Taylor manages to sqeak by this term he knows he is toast for the next challenge in two years. Frankly he is wearing very, very thin with his arrogance and his unbridled claim for having brought about everything for South MS…..His refusal to support the BushTax Cuts for those over $250,000 hits all small businesses hard and should be the rallying point for the C of C as well as each and every business owner. Just can’t take the tax and spend out of a Democrat no matter if they are Blue or Yellow.

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