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Rep. Taylor in Dogfight; Says He Wants Skelton for Speaker
September 28, 2010 Content provided by DDC Advocacy
Mississippi Rep. Gene Taylor, who has represented one of the most Republican districts of any Democrat in the nation, suddenly finds himself in the first serious re-election challenge of his 20+ year Congressional career. A new Tarrance Group survey (9/21-22) for the Steven Palazzo campaign shows the GOP challenger within four points of Rep. Taylor, 41-45%. The Congressman is now making discernible moves to distance himself from his party's national leadership. Several days ago he became the first sitting Democratic Representative to join the Republican pledge to repeal the new national health care law. Over the weekend, Taylor went a bit further. He is now publicly saying he wants someone other than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-8) to lead the chamber next year and even mentioned Armed Services Committee chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO-4) as someone whom he could support for the post. When asked, Skelton did not express any interest in running for Speaker, but he also wouldn't commit to vote for Pelosi when asked. The Speaker is highly unpopular in the south and Rep. Taylor's 4th Congressional District gave President Obama only 32% of its votes in the 2008 election. In 2004, former President George W. Bush garnered 68% here, providing a clear indication of the district's vote propensity. It is time to add MS-4 to the list of competitive Congressional seats.