By Willard Tucker, Citizen
U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo's recent vote against funding to pay flood insurance claims of Sandy victims should provoke embarrassment and disgust in Mississippians irrespective of individual politics. His rationalization for this hypocritical and mean-spirited vote was that America needs to have a national discussion about disaster relief. Tell that to the thousands of people in the Northeast who lost everything in this major storm. When the district Palazzo now represents was devastated by Katrina, he of course lobbied for immediate financial assistance in his then capacity of chief financial officer for the Biloxi Public Housing Authority.
Mississippians are much better people than this. Palazzo, who continues to defend this act of transparent political posturing, has become a public embarrassment and liability. Let us hope that he draws solid opposition in the 2014 primaries and/or general election, and that the voters will remember this unconscionable vote, in our name, to turn our backs on American disaster victims.
Willard Tucker, Carriere