Gene Taylor has advice for Steven Palazzo

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - By David Elliott – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Congressman Gene Taylor has attended a wide variety of for more than two decades. An Appearance at the Knight Non-Profit Center on Thursday was different because it's the first time he has spoken to a group since his stunning defeat Tuesday night.

Taylor will continue to represent the 4th district until Republican Steven Palazzo is sworn in after the first of year.

The Congressman said he plans to get right to work helping Palazzo and his staff through a smooth transition of power.

"We look forward to showing Steven the offices. We'll turn over every shred of paper and all the files. If constituents have a file, we will return them. It is our expectation to turn everything over to the incoming Congressman."

Taylor spoke to the Coast Young Professionals Educate and Engage workshop. He had this message for constituents who either have existing cases in his office or are planning to contact him regarding issues or concerns.

"I would encourage people to contact Senators Wicker or Cochran. We will continue to work cases already in the office, but because we'll be short handed as my employees look for new jobs, we're not going to start any new cases."

As for advice for Steven Palazzo, Taylor talked about the importance of appreciating family.

"Take Sundays off. I let my kids know that they owned me on Sundays. I told them I worked for the citizens the other six days. I'd just remind him they're only little once."

Taylor said he has not thought about whether or not he plans to run for public office in the future.

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