JACKSON, Miss. — The Democratic National Committee chairwoman campaigned Thursday in Jackson for the party’s nominee for Mississippi governor, saying Johnny DuPree will work to improve health care in a state where many are uninsured.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, leader of the DNC since May, appeared in Mississippi two and a half weeks before the Nov. 8 general election.
DuPree, the third-term mayor of Hattiesburg, has been outspent nearly 7-to-1 by the Republican nominee for governor, first-term Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant of Brandon. They’re competing to succeed Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, who couldn’t seek a third term.
Although Mississippi Democrats frequently try to distance themselves from the national Democratic Party, DuPree said Thursday that he’s proud to have help from Wasserman Schultz.
“It’s not every day you get the chairman of the Democratic Party to come to our state,” DuPree said. “I know the media said that normally Democrats don’t ask or don’t accept other Democrats from other places to come. But you know, this is a different campaign…. The Democratic Party accepts everybody because of who are. That’s what America is.”