Besides these Dixiecratic members of Congress, Truman and McGrath had to consider how to deal with Dixiecratic members of the DNC.
Realizing how successful and controversial Roosevelt's 1938 purge campaign had been, Truman the reformer next considered having Democratic congressional leaders and caucuses purge, or remove, Dixiecratic members from their committee assignments because of their opposition to the Truman-Barkley ticket.
Likewise, as early as April 29, 1949, McGrath and Dixiecratic Senator John Stennis of Mississippi were conferring with Truman about federal patronage.
That same year, conservative white Democrats rallied around the Dixiecratic
movement, which eventually chose Governor Strom Thurmond of South Carolina as its presidential candidate, an event that marked the beginning of the end of the Democratic Solid South.