Monday, May 10, 2010

Black Politicians Inspired By President Obama to Run For Higher Office......As Republicans

This story has actually been around for a few weeks already, but was picked up by the New York Times recently.

According to the conservative Fredrick Douglas Foundation, at least 33 black candidates are running for seats in the US House of Representatives as Republicans for the 2010 mid-term elections.

Of the more than 30 black Republican congressional and senatorial candidates running for office this election cycle, the Frederick Douglass Foundation held a leadership summit for more than 15 of them this weekend.

“Because [Obama's] policies are so out of touch with most of America I think specifically you have black conservatives that are looking beyond just the image. They’re looking at policy and how it impacts us,” [Douglass Foundation Vice Chairman] Nelson said.

He also said there’s “a stronger network of visible black conservatives than many have not seen in the past.”

“What we found is a lot of candidates are feeling like, ‘Hey, I’m not an island by myself, there are other black Republicans who are out there who are not afraid to say it,’ and I think that that has given them a greater sense of confidence,” Nelson said.
This would likely include some of the candidates winning the support of the attendees of the tea party rallies, so apparently they haven't gotten the memo that all tea partiers are inherently bigoted and racist. Yet I somehow get the feeling that if they're running on a platform of lower taxes, limited government and blocking or repealing some of the President's top legislative priorities (such as cap & trade, card check or 0bamacare), they'll have the ear of alot of Americans, not necessarily limited to those who regularly show up at the tea parties.

The following is a list of some of the candidates for the US House of Representatives listed by the Fredrick Douglas society:
Lester Phillip, Alabama’s 5th District
Princella Smith, Arkansas’s 1st District
Vernon Parker, Arizona’s 3rd District
Virginia Fuller, California’s 7th District
Star Parker, California’s 37th District
Chrystopher Smith, California’s 39th District
Mason Weaver, California’s 53rd District
Ryan Frazier, Colorado’s 7th District
Prince Brown, Florida’s 8th District
Eddie Adams, Florida’s 11th District
Corey Poitier, Florida’s 17th District
Allen West, Florida’s 22nd District
Deon Long, Florida’s 24th District
Cory Ruth, Georgia’s 4th District
Deborah Honeycutt, Georgia’s 13th District
Rupert Parchment, Georgia’s 13th District
Isaac Hayes, Illinois’s 2nd District
Robert Broadus, Maryland’s 4th District
Charles Lollar, Maryland’s 5th District
Bill Hardiman, Michigan’s 3rd District
Angela McGlowan, Mississippi’s 1st District
Barb Davis White, Minnesota’s 5th District
Martin Baker, Missour;s 1st District
Shannon Wright, New Jersey’s 6th District
Michael Faulkner,New York’s 15th District
Jerry Grimes, North Carolina’s 1st District
Lou Huddleston, North Carolina’s 8th District
Bill Randall, North Carolina’s 13th District
Jean Howard-Hill, Tennessee’s 3rd District
Charlotte Bergmann, Tennessee’s 9th District
William Hurd, Texas’s 23rd District
Stephen Broaden, Texas’s 30th District
Coby Dillard, Virginia’s 3rd District
There are also some black GOP and Libertarian candidates for state offices in Georgia that Jammie Wearing Fool has been following lately.

Like I said regarding last month's tea parties, I'm not really into the whole ethnicity-to-ideology headcount deal that liberals and their mainstream media enablers insist everybody follows, but I imagine issues near and dear to conservatives such as lower taxes, strong national security and a less invasive or overreaching government wouldn't be limited to a select ethnic group.

Now most of the aforementioned races haven't even gotten beyond the primaries yet, but I will be interested in keeping track of their progress as we get closer to election.

[Hat tip: Jammie Wearing Fool; Alex Pappas of The Daily Caller]

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