By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democrats seeking statewide office in Mississippi frequently take great pains to distance themselves from their national party.
This week, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, holds two campaign events in Jackson for the Mississippi Democratic nominee for governor, three-term Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree.
The Republican gubernatorial nominee and campaign finance leader, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, says he’s surprised DuPree is accepting help from a national Democratic leader.
DuPree says he’s not trying to either tie himself to the national party or distance himself from it.
He says Wasserman Schultz offered to appear for him in Mississippi and he accepted, hoping she can rally his supporters for the Nov. 8 general election.