Coast voters tell Washington what they think

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - By Doug Walker – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - On a rainy Wednesday morning, Todd Impey stops in for a trim and a political chat.  What better place for that than a barber shop.  There is one thing on his mind when it comes to the new Congress.

"Well, I'd like to see the spending cut, the taxes cut and more jobs being brought to the country, especially Mississippi."

At Coffee Fusion, everyone knows the political pot was stirred by Tuesday's vote.  When Steven Palazzo pulled a stunning upset by defeating 21 year house veteran Gene Taylor, the message was loud and clear.

"There are a lot of changes in America that need to take place and we're hoping that all these changes that we made, the Americans spoke yesterday and we're hoping that they will take heed to what we're saying," Patricia Hinton said.

Sitting down and having a cup of coffee with the voters is an eye opening experience, one day after this historic election in the fourth congressional district.  The issue that is still number one in their minds is the economy and they want something done about it.

Lynne Bailey and Tammy Linton enjoy a morning break and talk about the political shakeup that has just happened. Lynne hopes the changes will shake up the economy as well.

"Just the economy and jobs and spending, cutting back on spending, not spending so much on things that we really don't need," Bailey said.

"Let's refocus on where we want to move in the next ten years or so with our economy and our government and what we want out of government," Linton said.

If one thing is clean about the election, most voters did think the government was broken, and needed fixing.

Steven Palazzo will take the oath of office as our new congressman in January. Outgoing Congressman Gene Taylor said he plans to spend a lot more time fishing.

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