GOP to Minority Candidates: Thanks, We're Not Interested
| Tue May 20, 2008 11:18 AM EDT
Just a few years after the Republican Party launched a highly publicized diversity effort, the GOP is 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....
At the start of the Bush years, the Republican National Committee in tandem with the White House vowed to usher in a new era of GOP minority outreach. 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.
That's the longest such streak since the 1980s.
Republicans will have only one minority governor, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, an Indian-American, when the dust settles on the '08 elections. Democrats have three minority governors and 43 African-American members of Congress, including one Illinois Sen. Barack Obama who is their likely presidential nominee. Democrats also have several challengers in winnable House races who are either black or Hispanic.
Only four black Republicans have been elected to Congress since Reconstruction. Sounds like they'll be on the wrong side of history in a few decades.