A longtime Democratic congressman who lost his south Mississippi seat in 2010 says he's entering the Republican primary in hopes of regaining the seat.
Gene Taylor said he planned to file qualifying papers Friday for the 4th Congressional District election. The primary is June 3rd.
The 4th District incumbent is Republican Steven Palazzo, who defeated Taylor in 2010.
Taylor was first elected to the U.S. House in 1989 after having served in the state Senate. He was a conservative Blue Dog Democrat who often went against his party leadership in Washington.
*Update: Congressman Steven Palazzo released the following statement regarding the Republican primary election in the Fourth District of Mississippi: “It took 25 years for my former Democrat opponent to make it into a Republican primary, and I welcome him to it.”