Politics & Government

Nosef, Palazzo bash Clinton, Obama at Bay campaign stop

State GOP chairman Joe Nosef in 2014
State GOP chairman Joe Nosef in 2014 AP File

The more than hundred Republicans who crowded the second floor of Trappani’s Eatery for the Hancock County Republican Club kickoff got a two-course meal.

There were Trappani’s hor d’ oeuvres to munch on Monday evening while they awaited U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo and Mississippi GOP Chairman Joe Nosef.

For the entree, Nosef and Palazzo served red meat.

Palazzo never mentioned his 4th Congressional District general election opponents, Democrat Mark Gladney and Libertarian Ric McCluskey. No, President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took all the heat.

Obama, Palazzo said, is responsible for lower wages, fewer jobs and a weaker military.

He’s a president, he said, who is “AWOL — absent without leadership.”

Nosef said you could support Clinton only if you believe “government is too small, taxes are too low and we can’t do better than we’re doing now.”

He reminded them that in 1988, Michael Dukakis led George H.W. Bush by 18 points in August only to lose by 8 points in November.

“We have to hold the door open for everybody,” he said.

They have work to do there. There were few if any minorities in the crowd.