November 25, 2005


Black leaders switch to GOP in Florida (Brian DeBose, 11/25/05, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Darryl E. Rouson, recent past president of St. Petersburg chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Derrick Wallace, Orange County chapter president, both have registered Republican in the past two months.

The announcements were seen as a boon for state and national Republicans eagerly seeking allies in efforts to reach out to the black community, but the two men said their decisions to switch party affiliation were based on the local political and business landscape.

Mr. Rouson, a lifelong Democrat, worked on the 1998 re-election campaign of Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, Illinois Democrat, before returning to private practice in 1999 and registering as an independent.

He said he made his decision after examining the Democratic Party's recent history in the state.

No fair, comparing rhetoric to reality.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 25, 2005 2:22 PM
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