Democratic Chairman: Party is behind DuPree for Hattiesburg mayor
The following statement was issued on September 19, 2013, by Rickey Cole, Chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party:
"It has come to my attention that certain individuals in Hattiesburg have represented themselves to be Democrats, but are supporting the opponent of our Democratic nominee for Mayor, Johnny DuPree, in the upcoming September 24 Special Election.
Let me be crystal clear: the Democratic Party is solidly unified behind our nominee Johnny DuPree, and anyone actively opposing his re-election is not and should not be considered a loyal Democrat. We encourage all Democrats to speak up and speak out in favor of the re-election of a tried and true public servant, Mayor Johnny DuPree."