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Former Rep. Gene Taylor Eyes GOP Bid for Old House Seat

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Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 01:46 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Former Rep. Gene Taylor of Mississippi is mulling a run for his old House seat — but this time the longtime Democrat may throw his hat in the ring as a Republican.

"I wrestle with it," Taylor told the Sun-Herald newspaper, which serves Biloxi and Gulfport.

"I was never a very good Democrat. So I could be just as bad a Republican," he joked.
The 60-year-old, New Orleans-born former politician served Mississippi's 4th congressional district for 21 years before being ousted in 2010 by Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo.

He said he would need to enter the race as a Republican to have any chance because Democrats are now the minority party in the district.

"By 2010, about two-thirds of the people in the district identified themselves as Republican," he told the Sun-Herald.

"I don't know how much that has changed, if at all. I did notice that a lot of the people I served with at the state level have switched parties. Let's face it. You can't accomplish anything if you don't get elected."







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