Folks I’ve mentioned this privately to a few folks including one of the Anna Maria’s of the Slabbed that Mississippi could well elect its first post reconstruction African-American to statewide office in Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree. I’ve personally met the man and his daughters on a few occasions dating back over the last 20 years and the man exudes gravitas. He and his family are class acts truly committed to making their community a better place. Left out of the Sun Herald endorsement is the fact that when he was first elected Mayor of Hattiesburg the city had a white majority electorate and is still almost evenly spilt racially and he has been re-elected twice. He simply gets the job done as mayor.
DuPree has refused to sling mud at his opponent, affectionately known here on Slabbed as Phildo. By all accounts the campaign has been remarkably clean as Mayor DuPree has stuck to his message of economic development for small business, support for public education and honoring the state’s promise made to its retirees, who often worked for less pay than the private sector offers specifically for the retirement benefit.
Now while DuPree has refused to sling mud Slabbed has often had something to say about Phildo, especially last year during the oil spill when he acted as Tony Hayward’s briefcase boy constantly downplaying the environmental impacts of the spill. People down here on the coast in particular still remember Bryant’s jackassery when he dismissed the gasoline like fumes that had invaded the coast as local residents smelling “lawn mower fumes“. After his display last year the best I can say about him is he is a simple ignorant redneck asshole.
But Phil has another side folks that includes a nice vindictive streak to go along with the assholery as the aftermath from his 2007 Lite Gov campaign well revealed in his treatment of fellow republican Charlie Ross after the primary election. There are lots of such skeletons in Phildo’s past and next month they could well come back to bite the man. I say that because of a conversation about the election I had with an elderly lady recently, who actually brought the subject up to me while making small talk. To set up the gist of that conversation we need to turn to Mel Brooks via Youtube: Continue reading Let’s go completely politically incorrect and examine the Sun Herald’s endorsement of Johnny DuPree for Gov.