JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Gulfport woman's email critical of tax breaks being considered at the Legislature drew a strong response from one lawmaker: He suggested she move back to Illinois.
The Clarion-Ledger reports that Becky Guidry sent the email to Republican Rep. Karl Oliver of Winona. Guidry's email said it was irresponsible for lawmakers to suggest eliminating income and corporate franchise taxes when funding for education and other services faces cuts.
"I normally don't return emails that do not request a response, but I found yours so intriguing I simply felt led to respond.
"I see you are not a native to the Great State of Mississippi nor do you and I have similar political views. The people of our Great State overwhelmingly share my same or similar views on Government responsibility. I appreciate you going to the trouble to share yours with me, but quite frankly, and with all due respect, I could care less. I would, however, recommend that there are a rather large number of like minded citizens in Illinois that would love to see you return."
Oliver confirmed to the paper Friday that he send the email. He said it wasn't rude and denied that it was a suggestion that she move.
"She's taking a question about a tax bill and turning it into me being anti-public education," Oliver told The Clarion-Ledger, noting his wife is a schoolteacher. "You can check my record and see that's not true."
Guidry said the response angered her.
"My interpretation was since I was not born here that my opinion just doesn't count," Guidry said. "My husband's family is here ... I work and pay taxes, my son goes to public schools in the Gulfport School District. We're involved in our community."
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