Conservative Mississippi state Sen. Michael Watson is calling on U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, his congressman, to vote for one of the Republican alternatives to Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) for Speaker of the House on Tuesday.
“It seems clear the vast majority of conservative Republicans want someone other than Rep. Boehner for Speaker, and South Mississippi is no different,” Watson said in a Facebook posting on Monday. “I encourage Rep. Palazzo to listen to the voices of South Mississippians and vote for a new speaker.”
Palazzo’s spokeswoman Jill Duckworth didn’t immediately respond to Breitbart News’ request for comment in response to Watson’s statement.
The state’s GOP base is already in an uproar over Sen. Thad Cochran’s re-election campaign against state Sen. Chris McDaniel. McDaniel, Watson and another conservative state senator, Angela Hill, represent state senate districts within Palazzo’s congressional district and could potentially challenge Palazzo in a GOP primary.