Gene Taylor is considering a run for the 4th District congressional seat he held for two decades, but if he runs it probably will be as a Republican.
“I wrestle with it,” said Taylor, who as a Democrat was defeated in 2010 by Republican U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo.
He said the urge gets stronger when he remembers the good things he did. It’s stronger, for instance, when he meets a wounded veteran who remembers he got a visit from Taylor in the hospital. He also helped win approval for Tricare, the civilian health care system for military members, retirees and their dependents. He helped get armor for vehicles during the Iraq war, which saved troops who could have been killed by improvised explosive devices. More lives were saved when he helped get Self-Protection Adaptive Roller Kits installed on the vehicles, which set off the bombs before the vehicles rolled over them.