Why candidate Jeramey Anderson is calling out this Republican incumbent

Mississippi state legislator Jeramey Anderson, a Democrat, is facing an uphill battle in his bid for Congress against Republican incumbent Steven Palazzo, who has voted in line with Republicans 85 percent of the time. Anderson, who appeared on “Salon Talks” with SalonTV’s D. Watkins, is calling out his opponent for not connecting with the voters in the state of Mississippi.

“Folks in Washington don’t cast votes for me, but my constituents do. So that’s why I’ve always been invested in making sure my constituency knows exactly what’s going on, exactly what I’m doing and that we’re on the same page or as close to the same page as possible.” Anderson said on “Salon Talks.” “At the end of the day, they have the final say so whether or not they send me back.”

When Anderson was 23 years old, he became the youngest African-American ever elected to a state legislature in U.S. history. While Palazzo is not campaigning in Mississippi's 4th congressional district, according to Anderson, Palazzo is polling far ahead in the solidly Republican district. Anderson says his commitment to the people of Mississippi can lead him to victory.

Watch Salon’s full interview with Anderson to hear him define the difference between people who complain about problems and people who solve them.

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