Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was in Brooklyn on Monday, as part of an outreach effort to black voters. Um, really? Priebus was slated to speak at the Christian Cultural Center in East New York. The event was part of the Growth and Opportunity Project, a post-election Republican effort to expand the party, the Washington Post reports.I wonder, when was the last time a Republican set foot in an inner city community? Hiding behind a black Republican pastor isn’t outreach.
“As we’ve traveled the country the past few months, we’ve heard over and over that the Republican Party needs to welcome new voters into the fold by being inclusive and spending time and resources in communities across the country,” said RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski. “Chairman Priebus is dedicated to doing what’s necessary to become an inclusive, big tent party.”
Priebus has been meeting with Republicans around the country, including black and Hispanic leaders. He will announce the findings of the Growth and Opportunity Project on March 18, at an event at the National Press Club.
I can’t wait to hear his findings on March 18. As it stands, the Republican Party hasn’t made the case as to why black voters should give the party a second look. When you have people like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ted Nugent and others muddying the waters, you can’t seriously think black voters will run to GOP in droves. If the Republican Party wants to be a viable alternative for black voters, then they need to address the issues confronting the black community, instead of lip service. A trip to Brooklyn to the church of a Republican black pastor isn’t the way to win black voters over.