Tuesday, June 25, 2013
In Hattiesburg, "I" means "R"
It’s a funny thing but even in supposedly ruby-red Mississippi there are places where Republicans have to play games with the voters to have any chance of being elected. Hattiesburg is one of those places and Dave Ware has played the game (almost) to perfection.
In a city that Democratic Mayor Johnny DuPree has built from being an afterthought to one of the major metropolitan areas in Mississippi, Republicans have tried to sweep in and take credit in the form of the candidacy of “Independent” Dave Ware.
Ware’s campaign, co-chaired by Rep. Toby Barker (R-Hattiesburg), has spent thousands of dollars in the black community in an effort to drive home the message that despite all the positive growth Mayor DuPree has ushered in, change is needed. Nonsense.
Mayor DuPree has been a steady hand at the wheel for a city that has experienced positive economic growth in a state that, on the whole, hasn’t. Changing horses at this point, for a guy who isn’t willing to publically declare his own party, is a bad idea. Hattiesburg was smarter than that on election day and will be again if they have to be.
Why might they have to be? Well, the MSGOP has swooped in to challenge the results of the Hattiesburg mayoral election, and they're asking a court to either install Ware as mayor or hold a new election. Stay tuned.