That beautiful something is this: voters have two good choices for governor this week.
I care deeply about the state but don’t live there just now and haven’t followed the issues in detail. I like Governor Barbour’s (R) handling of things. They have term limits there, but I figure Phil Bryant, his lieutenant governor, would do well by Mississippi.
That said, upon reading this article in Jackson’s Clarion-Ledger, “Gov. race hopefuls taking high road,” I recalled what a wonderful surprise it was to read the Democrat candidate’s statement, as quoted by the Biloxi Sun Herald in their endorsement of him, that “I’m not interested in raising taxes on anyone.”
He means it. He’s been mayor of Hattiesburg for 10 years and never raised taxes.
Mr. DuPree’s life is really his best campaign asset, and while he is the underdog in this race, I think he’d be a good choice for governor, too. He has a broad appeal, and it shows in spite of appearances (DuPree is black and Bryant is white): In its recent summary of things, the Mississippi politics website Yall Politics mentions the possibility that DuPree will siphon off conservative votes from Bryant.
I think Yall Politics is probably right and Phil Bryant will be the next governor. However, this particular race shows something beautiful happening in Mississippi: people are being swayed by who the candidate is, not just by the platform or the skin color.
It’s part of the beauty that is America.
This race isn’t a case of Mississippians doing “the right thing” in spite of the past; it is just one more sign that America is healthy, has been all this time, and now is in the process of returning to what this country really is – the sum of us all.