WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Bay St. Louis, caused something of a minor sensation in political circles Monday when a comment he made to the Sun Herald that he had voted for GOP nominee John McCain instead of Democratic standard-bearer Barack Obama in 2008 went viral on the web.
The Hill newspaper queried the Sun Herald and wrote a story, which was matched by one in Politico and linked on various websites, including the Washington Post's. The NBC Nightly News and CBS Early Show also mentioned the vote -- an unusual act of party treason.
Taylor, for his part, downplayed the episode and said that only national reporters were reacting with surprise. Locally, they know, said Taylor of his constituents and media. However, a search of the Sun Herald archives did not turn up any revelation about Taylors vote, which is by secret ballot.
Taylor complained that Republicans were trying to jump on the admission. Theyre trying to make it a sign of desperation, he said.