Taylor’s Town Hall: Are There Cracks in His Support?

In Mississippi’s Fourth Congressional District, Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Bay St. Louis) held a town hall meeting in Ocean Springs last night. Taylor, currently running for reelection, represents the most conservative district in Mississippi, yet has held the Congressional seat as a Democrat for 20 years.

After opening the meeting with a prayer and the pledge of allegiance, Taylor praised Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding for their agreement to build the new DDG-51 while Bath Iron Works will build the 1000s. The Congressman then highlighted his support for increasing the depth of the shipping channels and for restoring the barrier islands. After making these two points, Taylor took questions from the audience.

Looking around the room, it was obvious that campaign season was in full swing. “Joe Tegerdine for Congress” t-shirts were sprinkled in the crowd and various media outlets hung on Taylor’s every word. Citizens were looking for answers, asking direct, often poignant questions, and at times even expressed their reluctance for Taylor’s recent actions and continued liberal party support.

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