U.S. Congressman, Steven Palazzo, took some time Monday to host at an open house at his Gulfport headquarters. The congressman invited supporters and those on the fence to enjoy lunch and visit with him. Congressman Palazzo took the time to talk to his supporters about the importance of cutting spending and why his opponent, Gene Taylor's, voting record with Pelosi shows he is not a true Republican even though Palazzo has voted with the former speaker himself. A number of local businessmen and women, like real estate developer, Brooks Holstein, were at Palazzo's campaign open house Monday, thanking him for his work in passing flood insurance relief legislation.
Holstein says, "I mean, that was a major impact, negative impact on my industry, which is the retail shopping center industry. Our insurance rates went up 600% on some properties, so Steven worked hard and took a leadership position to make sure that important piece of legislation was passed." The congressman boasted about cutting government spending while in office and again referred to Taylor's history of voting in line with Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, and Obamacare. Palazzo says, “Four consecutive years we've cut spending. Nancy Pelosi has never done that, so we, the Republicans, are about results. We’re about delivering for the American people."
Just last week, Taylor asked Palazzo why he, himself, voted with Pelosi to cut military spending, which negatively affected Keesler Air Force Base here on the Coast. Taylor says, "He ought to explain to the people of south Mississippi why he voted with Nancy Pelosi to cut the defense budget by $490 billion and threaten the future of Keesler Air Force Base in the meantime." Taylor recently challenged to hold a debate with Congressman Palazzo to address these issues, but Palazzo declined. Palazzo says, "I don’t want to make a mockery of the process. We worked hard to build the Republican Party. It is the conservative party. It is the pro-gun party. It’s the pro-business." Many online blogs attacked Palazzo for bowing out, but his supporters seem to support his decision.
Palazzo closes, "A debate is not gonna’ help them. We know what Gene's done. We know what Gene hasn't done." Voters will decide who will be their candidate in June's Republican primary. The primary will take place on June 3rd. Be sure to check online to see where your voting station is located.