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DNC Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz Stumps for Mayor Johnny DuPree

By Daniel Cherry | Published 21 Oct 2011 10:02am | comments

With less than 3 weeks to go before election day Democratic candidate for governor Johnny DuPree is bringing the big guns. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports.

U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida is the Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She's been in Mississippi drumming up support for Mayor Johnny DuPree.

"We have planted a flag in the South, and we are going to make sure the people in Mississippi hear our message. How important it is to focus on creating jobs, focus on getting the economy turned around."

Schultz spoke at a jobs rally in Jackson, focusing on DuPree's record of job creation as Mayor of Hattiesburg. She's stumping for Johnny DuPree in Mississippi because she likes his message.

"Take Mississippi from last to first in education, and to fight to make sure health care is a top priority, and to make sure that kids who are educated here actually want to stay here and have job opportunities here. That's what people in Mississippi want. It's what all Americans want."

But, Tim Saler, the Executive Director of the Mississippi Republican Party isn't buying it.

"On October 12th, Debbie Wasserman Schultz went on television and said voters don't elect leaders to create jobs. All of a sudden she comes here and that's all she wants to talk about."

Saler says the job creation in Hattiesburg is due to the state legislature...not Johnny DuPree. But Mayor DuPree sticks to his guns...He says in the 10 years he's held the office the city has increased its workforce by 6000 jobs.

DuPree says since he's been Mayor of Hattiesburg, he's never raised taxes or cut services, but Saler says he wouldn't expect it to last.

"Come election time they try to convince voters that they're conservative, and once they get elected, they do what all Democrats do. Which is raise taxes, and spend more money, and drive up health care costs."

But DuPree says keeping taxes low, along with education, and job creation are his main priorities if elected.

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