Critics of the tea parties have tried to paint their membership as monochrome and their opposition to President Obama’s policies as rooted in racism. That story line doesn’t really hold up for anyone who has actually attended a tea party, and Gallup reported this week that, in terms of “age, educational background, employment status, and race — Tea Partiers are quite representative of the public at large.”
President Barack Obama’s election has inspired a record number of African-American candidates to run for Congress this year. What’s surprising is that they’re running as Republicans.
At latest count, 33 African-Americans are running for Republican nominations to Congress, according to the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a 2-year old organization founded by chairman Timothy F. Johnson, vice chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. That’s the most black Republican congressional candidates since Reconstruction, the foundation’s leaders believe.
Twenty-two of the candidates listed by the foundation — a list that now totals 38 — are running for office in the South. Three of them reside in metro Atlanta: Cory Ruth, running for the seat now held by Rep. Hank Johnson, and two challengers to Rep. David Scott: Deborah Honeycutt and Rupert Parchment.
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