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PERRY – Republicans eye Taylor

PERRY – Republicans eye Taylor

By: Magnolia Tribune - April 12, 2010

“Retire Pelosi. Contribute to Steven Palazzo.” That is the opening message at in his battle to unseat 21-year incumbent Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Bay St. Louis) in Mississippi’s Fourth Congressional District. Republicans will choose between Palazzo (R-Biloxi) and Joe Tegerdine (R-Petal) in the June 1 primary to pick their nominee for this Republican leaning district rated as likely Democrat.

Palazzo currently serves as a State Representative (District 116) from Harrison County. After serving in the Marine Corps Reserves in the Middle East during the Persian Gulf War, Palazzo returned to Mississippi with a first hand view of taxation concerns facing Americans working abroad. He and his wife founded an accounting firm specializing in expatriate taxation, which now serves more than 2000 clients in 25 countries. Currently Palazzo serves in the Mississippi National Guard.

Palazzo won the special election for his State House seat in 2006 with 64 percent of the vote in a three-way race to avoid a run-off and complete the term of Leonard Bentz. (Governor Haley R. Barbour had appointed Bentz to fill a vacated seat on the Public Service Commission.) In 2007, Palazzo was unopposed for reelection in the primary and general election. Palazzo has built a reputation in the House as a committed low-tax, job-focused conservative.

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