January 16, 2009
Michael Steele, Candidate for GOP Chair
I must admit that I couldn't name the last Republican Party chair. However, it is interesting to see the competition taking place to become the next RNC chair. It turns out that there are two African American candidates for the vacancy. Ken Blackwell and Michael Steele both want the job.
Michael Steele doesn’t think Republicans take Black voters seriously. In a November interview with the Washington Times, the chairman of the 31-year-old Republican training outfit GOPAC claimed that Republican leaders “don’t give a damn” about Blacks. At last week’s debate between Steele and five other candidates for Republican National Committee chairman, Steele, almost unbidden, accused his party of “rolling out” Black members as tokens, for media consumption.
“We’ve had this conversation for 15 years,” Steele said after the debate, “about bringing black folks out. Well, do it. Don’t just talk about it. Do it.”
Check out the rest of this article in The Washington Independent.