AFTER FUNDING GUN CONTROL & PLANNED PARENTHOOD, PALAZZO CANCELS DEBATE
Gulfport, MS – March 23, 2018 — Hours after voting to pass one of the largest spending bills in U.S. history, Rep. Steven Palazzo withdrew his commitment to debate Republican challenger E. Brian Rose.
Palazzo campaign manager Steve Moore delivered the message to Harrison County Republican Club President Dan Carr.
In January, Palazzo personally committed to Carr that he would debate Rose in May, just weeks before the June 5th Republican Primary Election, but failed to follow up and provide a specific date.
Rose, who urged Palazzo not to vote yes to the spending bill, has built a large social media following by pointing out the pitfalls of Palazzo’s tenure. He says Palazzo has failed as a Republican.
“Year after year, Steven promises to follow the Republican platform, but delivers the exact opposite in Washington. This week’s omnibus spending bill vote was another gross example,” Rose said. “You can’t say you are pro-life, then fund Planned Parenthood. You can’t say you are for small government, then add trillions to the national debt. You can’t say you’re a conservative, then vote like a liberal Democrat.”
Rose, a resident of Ocean Springs, has been traveling across the district offering his ideas for fixing the government. He says he does not believe Steven Palazzo is a conservative and his record proves it.
This is not the only time Palazzo has avoided talking about his record. Despite pressure from Mississippi constituents, he has not held a live town hall meeting in nearly six years. He has never debated a challenger.
When news of his accepting the invitation to debate Rose broke in January, many on social media predicted the Congressman would eventually back out.
Rose and Palazzo are the only two Republicans on the June 5th Primary Election ballot. The winner of that race will face a Democrat opponent in November’s General Election.