Spokesman: Palazzo fulfilled military drill requirements

October 31, 2016 GMT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A retired officer says a Mississippi congressman frequently missed National Guard drills, but a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo says he completed the drill requirements away from his unit.

Multiple news organizations report that retired Staff Sgt. Rolan Wade appeared Monday at a news conference with Ric McCluskey, a Libertarian candidate who’s one of three candidates challenging Republican Palazzo in the Nov. 8 election.

Wade says the congressman became known as “no-show Palazzo” for missing drills with the 1-155th Combined Arms Battalion based in Poplarville.

Palazzo Chief of Staff Casey Street says the congressman did everything that was required, usually training at Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg. He also said the Palazzo spent some time doing drills at Joint Force Headquarters in Jackson.