Palazzo says leave flag issue up to voters

Palazzo says leave flag issue up to voters

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - United States Congressman Steven Palazzo (R- 4th Dist.) visited Hattiesburg Friday, just two days after the president of his Alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi, took down the state flag from campus.

"I don't like the fact that there are people unilaterally pulling down the state flag that was voted on through a ballot initiative," Palazzo said. "If they want to see a ballot initiative in 2016, that's the proper way to go about this."

Cong. Palazzo said he had not thought about how he would vote on the issue if it were to come up, but he said he had a difference of opinion.

"I think some people see the flag as being hatred, hate, and I think that's promoted mostly through media and other areas," he said. "Personally, I don't see anything wrong with the flag because I look at it from a heritage standpoint, but if it's offending people, don't do these antics and run to the camera and try to make it like a Jerry Springer moment... Let's talk about it, and have a path forward."

USM followed the University of Mississippi in its decision to remove the flag from campus this week.