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    Question Black Democrats support Black Republican for Senate

    Black Democrats support Steele
    By S.A. Miller and Jon Ward
    Published October 31, 2006

    Former Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry and five fellow black Democrats on the county council excoriated their party yesterday and endorsed Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, a Republican, for U.S. Senate.
    "The [Democratic] Party acts as though when they want our opinion, they'll give it to us. It's not going to be like that anymore," said Mr. Curry, who in 1994 became the county's first black executive and remains influential in the mostly black and heavily Democratic county.
    Mr. Curry and the lawmakers said Democratic leaders repeatedly have snubbed the black community and their county, noting the lack of party support for the Senate campaign of former National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chief Kweisi Mfume, who lost the Democratic primary to Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin.
    The Democratic ticket lacks black candidates, they said, and candidates from Prince George's County, which is home to more than 320,000 registered Democrats -- the most of any jurisdiction in Maryland.
    "We're not puppets. We're not gullible," Mr. Curry said during a press conference at the Infusion Tea Cafe in Largo. "This ain't the first time we've charged up a hill."
    He was joined by fellow black Democrats David Harrington of Bladensburg, Samuel H. Dean of Bowie, Camille A. Exum of Capitol Heights, Tony Knotts of Temple Hills and Marilyn Bland of Clinton -- all officials on the nine-member county council.
    Other black Democratic leaders endorsing Mr. Steele yesterday included Major Riddick, former chief of staff for former Gov. Parris N. Glendening; Ron Lipscomb, a major fundraiser and trustee of the state party; and businessmen Clayton Duhaney and M.A. "Mike" Little.
    "There's a revolution going on here," said Jerry McLaurin, a county developer and Steele supporter who attended the announcement. "This is going to radiate throughout the county like an explosion."
    Mr. Steele, who lives in the county and is the first black to be elected to statewide office in Maryland, said he was "humbled."
    "As I started this campaign, I said to myself I didn't want this to be so much about party as about people, and these individuals seem to understand and appreciate that as well," he said.
    The endorsements were issued as Democratic officials are scrambling to secure their most loyal bloc -- black voters.
    Mr. Curry said the Steele endorsements are "the continuation of a long civil rights struggle."
    Mr. Dean, a former council chairman who was elected in 2002 with 93 percent of the vote, said blacks have had a one-sided relationship with the Democratic Party since they shifted allegiance from the Republican Party in 1932.
    "We were in the Democratic Party while they were lynching black folks. We were in the Democratic Party while they were segregating folks," Mr. Dean said. "We have been loyal Democrats, [but] when the party has an opportunity to do something to show that their base is recognized, appreciated and acknowledged, they don't."
    "The issue is what we want not only from the state party but from the national party," he said. "Give us respect. We cannot continue to be in the room but not allowed to come to the table. What we are doing now is saying, 'Forget it. We are not going to wait for you to bring us to the table. We are going to not only get to the table, we are going to take it.' "
    Other Maryland Democratic leaders -- such as U.S. House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson and Delegate Anthony G. Brown of Prince George's County, who is running for lieutenant governor -- declined to comment.
    A Cardin campaign spokesman did not return calls.
    Mr. Cardin, a white 10-term congressman from Baltimore, said this weekend that his "message to the African-American community and to all communities is that we've got to change the priorities in Washington."
    "You're twice as likely to be without health insurance if you're African-American. So, yes, [black voters are] concerned about a senator who's going to stand up for universal health coverage. I will. Michael Steele won't. He supports George Bush's policies," Mr. Cardin said.
    Mr. Curry said that Mr. Steele is a "good man with a good plan," and although he differs with some of Mr. Steele's views, he also differs with some of the Democratic Party's platform.
    He said the lieutenant governor is "most responsive to the things that will make our futures brighter."

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    It's good to finally see this.

    I predict the black vote for Steele will be much larger than the polls have predicted.

    I say that, because I believe people haven't been honest with the pollsters.

    Blacks are more dependent on the public sector for some means of support than the general population. Therefore, they would be more vulnerable to public sector retaliation. And in such a heavily Dem state as MD, it's clear where the retaliation would come from.

    But in the sanctity and privacy of the voting booth, they can vote their conscience.
    Truth springs from argument among friends.

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    What great news and about time.
    The degradation of Black Republican Candidates and high-ranking black administration officials, from the DNC and liberal media has, to be light, vile.

    For a party and a people of that party, the DNC, to be so incapable of self reflection is amazing to me.

    How does one champion for the under privileged black in America in one breath.
    Then in another breath portray several notable and successful leaders of the Black American Culture as uncle toms and plantation slaves for the Republican party.

    Blacks are kept on the social services plantations by their leaders and how dare a black not vote democrat?
    I am glad to see these successful black leaders emerge. Their community is in dire need of true leadership.
    Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Charles Rangle? Give me a break. These are not leaders but shearers of a flock of misguided black people.

    The Phony Protest--and Leaders
    Lesson from Harvard: Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are frauds.
    Saturday, January 12, 2002 12:01 a.m. EST

    Led by government and enlightened, focused civil-rights leaders, African-Americans have made extraordinary progress. Forty years ago many couldn't vote, eat at public lunch counters, or earn a decent wage.
    Problems do persist, however. Blacks make only 70% as much as whites; almost seven in 10 African-American babies are born to a single mother; and minorities are twice as likely to be without health insurance. The black unemployment rate last month was over 10%, double that of whites, and one-third of African-American teenagers looking for work are jobless.
    So how are two of the most visible national black politicians, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, spending their time? Protesting against supposed slights to Harvard's Afro-American studies professors.
    This shrill and silly conduct reinforces the political bankruptcy of these national black politicos. Jesse Jackson has made important contributions to politics and civil rights; now he looks like a headline-hunting ambulance chaser. Al Sharpton may be shrewd, but this performance, coupled with his past demagoguery, makes it impossible to treat his threatened 2004 presidential run seriously.

    Mr. Hunt is executive Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal. His column appears in the Journal on Thursdays.
    Unfortunately Mr. Hunt forgets to mention in his article the top black leaders of the Bush administration when using examples of good Black American leaders.

    Then in concludeing his rage against Jesse and Al he heads right back to only the premise that only Democrat Blacks are good.

    But there is no House member with more moral authority than Georgia's John Lewis; New York's Charlie Rangel has few peers as a political operative; and Washington, D.C.'s nonvoting delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, is an intellectual force. Some of the younger generation--Illinois's Jesse Jackson Jr. and Tennessee's Harold Ford--are very promising national legislators, focused on what really matters to their constituencies.
    He did not know at that time Mr. Rangel was going to beg for cheep gas from Hugo Chavez.
    All in all the DNC will never accept a Black Republican as a leader. They will instead Chastise and degrade any who dare turn their backs too the DNC.
    Last edited by LHardy; October 31st, 2006 at 11:15 PM.

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