July 21, 2005


Butler gains momentum, while Brandon keeps quiet (Peter Savodnik, 7/20/05, The Hill)

A growing chorus of Republicans, including former vice-presidential nominee Jack Kemp and Rep. J.C. Watts, is coalescing around Keith Butler (R), a pastor and former Detroit city councilman hoping to beat Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) next year.

The Butler campaign announced Monday that Kemp and Watts would serve as its national finance chairmen. Earlier this month, the campaign reported that it had raised $800,000 this year, surprising many Michigan Republicans.

And yesterday, Republicans on Capitol Hill, many of whom have been waiting for Domino’s Pizza CEO David Brandon to get into the race, suggested that they are leaning toward Butler.

“Keith has been using his time very effectively to get known in the district,” Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) said, referring to his 2nd District, one of the state’s largest caches of Republican voters. “He’s put together a pretty credible campaign.”

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 21, 2005 12:00 AM

Given the importance of race in Michigan politics, I'll believe a Black candidate getting elected when I see it. Suburban Detroit has among the most segregated suburbs in the nation, and those are the votes any GOP statewide candidate has to win in order to get elected.

Any thought that any candidate, White, Black or Purple with Pink Polka Dots, is going to make even insignificant inroads into Detroit's Black population is simply a pipe dream. That population is infused with the politics of hate and sees government as having one function and that is looting Whitey to give them money. They are more completely disaffected from American society than extremist Islamists are from British society. How else do you explain the elections of Coleman Young, Barbara Rose Collins, John Conyers and the Kilpatricks?

Posted by: bart at July 21, 2005 5:23 AM

You are 100% correct about the Detroit side of things. Regarding the susburbs of Detroit, things have improved a lot there in the past decade. Attitudes are changing! The subtle and not so subtle racism of the older generation of white folk is fading due to attrition, and those born after the mid 60's are pretty open minded and "color blind".

As a WASP from the suburbs of Detroit, I say that I'll support Butler. He's talented, articulate, genuine and kindhearted. Can Butler win? I don't know. Unless he loses by an 80-20 margin, his loss will not be due to the color of his skin.

BTW, Butler wouls not be the first black(though he would be the first black Republican) to be elected to office on a state-wide ballot.

Posted by: Dave W. at July 21, 2005 9:43 AM

The headline certainly startled me.

Posted by: Brandon at July 21, 2005 10:37 AM
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