October 29, 2004

BACK IN THE BLACK:

East St. Louis Mayor Carl Officer Joins "Democrats for Bush": Offers to Speak Nationally to Black Americans on BET on Behalf of the President
(MARKET WIRE, 10/29/2004)

Four-term Mayor Carl Officer of East St. Louis announced before local supporters today that he has accepted the position as head of the Illinois Steering Committee of "Democrats for Bush," founded earlier this year by Democratic Senator Zell Miller of Georgia. A life long Democrat, Officer is a third generation African-American entrepreneur and mayor of America's poorest city. [...]

Questioners clamored to know why he had decided to support President Bush's re-election. The mayor responded:

"I watched the debates intently, especially to try to measure the strength of each man and compare how each would face the awesome responsibility of America's safety -- a President's #1 priority. As a relatively new father, I indulged my three year old daughter and let her stay up with me as I watched. When it was over, and I looked into her eyes, I knew I had to go with the proven product, and I believe on the issue of protecting Americans first, nearly everyone agrees George Bush is the leader by far."

In further discussion with his somewhat stunned local political supporters, the mayor noted that he has long had some serious differences with the Democratic Party on gay marriage and abortion. Officer, an ordained minister, admitted that he and other African American Christians were much closer to President Bush's views on these issues.


Admitted?

MORE:
By the Numbers: More Black Voters Turning to Bush (John Jessup, October 29, 2004, CBN.com)

Traditionally, African-American voters overwhelmingly support the Democratic party. And strong voter turnout by African-Americans is crucial to Sen. John Kerry's goal of becoming the next president. But the country's moral decline has more black Americans in George W. Bush's corner than ever before.

Winsome Sears is running for Congress in Virginia's Third Congressional District, as a Republican. She is an African-American leader with a new message for the black community.

Sears said, "You look at me and immediately you say, she's a Democrat. I have no political power left, our forefathers did not die in the fields so that we could be beholden to a political party; they died so that we would be free -- free to be whoever we wanted to be. Traditionally, we as black people have gone to the Democratic Party, but I think that we are now at a wake-up call, because the final straw was this homosexual marriage issue."

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 29, 2004 12:52 PM
Comments

Officer, an ordained minister, admitted that he and other African American Christians were much closer to President Bush's views on these issues.

Admitted?

Because for a black leader/politician/whatever to admit it is committing Race Treason. (Remember that term? I think it was coined for and in The Turner Diaries.)

Posted by: Ken at October 29, 2004 4:30 PM
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