HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Democratic challenger in the upcoming election for Congress in Mississippi's 4th Congressional District is criticizing the Republican incumbent for some of his votes on veterans issues.
And Tuesday, Mark Gladney again said Steven Palazzo is "dodging" voters by declining to take part in a debate at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Gladney hosted a news conference Tuesday morning at the Thad Cochran Center, the site of a 4th District Congressional debate, which will be held Wednesday night.
Gladney called on Palazzo to take part in the debate, which will include himself and Libertarian candidate Ric McClusky.
But, Palazzo's campaign said the three-term representative will not be attending because of scheduling conflicts.
Gladney said Palazzo should show up to explain his stance on some votes affecting veterans.
Gladney criticized Palazzo for missing a vote in September on the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016.
That bill concerned government operations, employment and affirmative action and veterans.
Gladney also criticized Palazzo for supporting another bill that he said caused the loss of some jobs at Camp Shelby.
Tuesday night in Biloxi, Palazzo said his opponents were desperate for media attention.
"This is just one of those tools in the toolbox to try to get their names out there for the voting public," Palazzo said. "I think it's a desperate attempt at media attention, but I don't work for them. I don't work for my opponents, I work for South Mississippi."