Mr. Palazzo, Devastation and destruction knows no politics

January 9, 2013

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Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Nancy Anderson, MBJ contributing columnist

Steve Palazzo is the Republican Congressman from the 4th district, aka The Coast. He followed Democrat Gene Taylor who served during Hurricane Katrina and spent much time and effort to get relief for his constituents after the massive storm.

People who live on the Coast of Mississippi understand the grief of a storm. They’ve lived it. From Camille to Katrina, residents of the Coast of Mississippi have suffered and stood strong. They know the terror of a monster storm, and they know the additional insult to injury that comes with the cleanup. They have fought with insurance companies and government bureaucracies to get the assistance they need, and they expect their politicians to stand strong with them.

Steve Palazzo serves this district where I grew up, where I hunkered down in a hallway while the eye of Hurricane Camille blew over. After Katrina, it was Palazzo, serving with the City of Biloxi, who demanded funding from Washington. But when it came time to show support to other hurricane victims, Pilazzo said, “No.” He voted against Sandy relief.

Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he thought Sandy relief was money for dune construction or money for special beach vacuum cleaners or money for that guy who played on Flipper — the cute one with the “sandy” colored hair.

Because surely, surely, a representative from the Coast of Mississippi would stand strong with Hurricane Sandy victims, not only because it is the right thing to do but because he knows his time will come again. Another monster storm will blow through his beloved Coast of Mississippi, and he will need every vote he can muster to help his constituents.

Because when the water recedes, and you’re left standing in a pile of rubble, it doesn’t matter if you have an “R” or a “D” behind your name. It only matters that you have a representative willing to stand with you. I just hope Peter King forgets this slight by next summer!

>> Nancy Lottridge Anderson, Ph.D., CFA, is President of New Perspectives, Inc., in Ridgeland, 601-991-3158. She is also an Assistant Professor of Finance at Mississippi College. Her e-mail address is nanderson@newper.com, and her website is www.newper.com.

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