MS-Gov: Haley Barbour Wins Endorsement of Prominent Dems

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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.

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We'll be a net of zero in 2007 governor races after Fletcher goes down to defeat in Kentucky.

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This is a great diary. It is local news that I would not read anywhere else. It is important and surprising.

Hopefully Barbour is as effective as Reagan at wooing a new constituency. He should appoint them in his second administration or in some other way work with them. In time, you make the ask. Ask them to switch parties and run for anything (preferable statewide).

Regardless, this is a major feather in Barbour's cap. If the black community in the deep South becomes less partisan over the next 5-15 years, it would be a major step in ending the race problems that still exist in the country.

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law for which he was forced to resign, and the fact that a very socially conservative democrat is opposing Barbour, speaks volumes that Espy still supports Haley.

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From Espy's endorsement remarks: "First of all he called me. He called me and asked me for my support personally and you may overlook that, you might laugh at that, but it’s very important in the state as diverse as ours to know that the Governor knows he has to reach out to bring support over to his side."

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to be asked.

Mike Gamecock DeVine @ The Charlotte Observer
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www.theminorityreportblog.com
"One man with courage makes a majority" - Andrew Jackson

for a long while, and are usually fairly conservative- compared to most CBC members. Haley's opponent, John Eaves, is acting like he wants to be a preacher, not governor. I think he took the black vote for granted (and in all fairness will still win 80-85% of the black vote) and it just might come back to bite him.

About the race problem: I don't think there is a more polarized state in the nation. In 2004, 90% of blacks voted for Kerry, 85% of whites voted for Bush.

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