State's top GOP officials endorse Palazzo

Most top GOP elected officials have endorsed U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo in his crowded June 3 primary.

Gov. Phil Bryant,U.S. Sens.  Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, U.S. Reps. Gregg Harper and Alan Nunnelee, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, state House Speaker Phil Gunn,  State Auditor Stacey Pickering,  State Treasurer Lynn Fitch,   Commissioner of Agriculture Cindy Hyde-Smith and  Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney all issued statements of support in a release from Palazzo's campaign office Monday.

More than one, including Chaney, mentioned his fight to curtail increases in rates in the National Flood Insurance Program.

“Steven Palazzo has been a stalwart supporter of our efforts to keep homeowner insurance rates reasonable for all of Mississippi, especially the coastal communities," Chaney said in the release.

Palazzo faces former Rep. Gene Taylor, the man he beat in 2010, Ron Vincent, Tavish Kelly and Tom Carter in the primary.