HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A member of America's second family has endorsed Mayor Johnny Dupree in Hattiesburg's upcoming special election on Sept. 24. Businessman James Biden, brother of vice-president Joe Biden, was in Hattiesburg Friday morning to speak with Dupree and his supporters at Mrs. Butta Bean's Restaurant downtown.
Biden said he's in Mississippi visiting friends in Jackson and decided to make the drive down to the Hub City to show his support for the mayor.
"I can speak for my brother that we need every good Democrat that we can," said Biden. "Anything we can do in the background or out in front, we will do to try to make certain that this happens and we get a victory on the 24th," he said.
"You try to get as many endorsements from as many people as you can, especially named people and getting an endorsement from the brother of the vice-president is something very special," said Dupree.
Biden also met privately with Dupree and visited his campaign headquarters on Hardy Street.