MS-Gov: Haley Barbour Wins Endorsement of Prominent Dems
By BrettK Posted in 2007 | Mississippi — Comments (6) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Haley Barbour, well on his way to a second term, received more good news today in the form of endorsements from a number of prominent Democrats.
Two of those endorsements are from former Democratic Governor Bill Waller and former Lt. Governor Brad Dye. Both these men are fairly conservative Democrats and their support of Barbour is not to surprising.
But the other endorsements may surprise. One of those Democrats is Mike Espy, former 2nd District Congressman and Secretary of Agriculture (under Bill Clinton). Espy, as you may know, is African-American and a lifelong Democrat. Another long-time African-American Democratic activist and current mayor of Moss Point, Xavier Bishop, also endorsed Barbour.
You may not know their names if you are outside Mississippi, but listen to me when I say, they are well known and well respected within the African-American community in Mississippi (which makes up some 40 percent of the electorate). We will have to wait and see what the election brings; but with the state Dems already struggling to win rural whites (one of their traditional constituencies), losing their main constituency- the African-American voter- will result in wilderness in Mississippi politics.
Click on a name to see their announcement in support of Barbour.