The new Diversity Chairman for the state GOP has gotten here none too soon.
Politico reports, “As George W. Bush winds down his presidency, Republicans are now on the verge of going six — and probably more — years without an African-American governor, senator or House member.” They are “heading into the 2008 election without a single minority candidate with a plausible chance of winning a campaign for the House, the Senate or governor.”
Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman particularly pushed for a “big tent” GOP that can accommodate more diversity, but when George W. Bush becomes the first President since Hoover to go an entire term without meeting with the NAACP, then it supports the observation of former Oklahoma Rep. J. C. Watts that while Ken Mehlman’s efforts were appreciated, “I knew that wouldn’t last — that was one person. I’ve never gotten the impression that it was institutionalized.” Watts is one of only four black Republicans to be elected to Congress since Reconstruction.
Is there a Republican elected at any level in Alabama that is African-American or Hispanic?