Some time ago I posted that former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer came right out and said that Florida Republicans tried to suppress the black vote and a Republican consultant admitted that Voter ID laws, long lines “help our side.” That's because GOP-generated Voter I.D. laws affect mostly Democratic voters. Of course, Voter I.D. fraud is nearly non-existent.
As I've written previously, voting should not only be easy, it should be easily accessible and free. Americans should be encouraged to cast their ballots, not discouraged, suppressed, intimidated, confused, stymied, obstructed, misled or costly. Way too many of us (mostly Democrats, mostly black and Latino) were subjected to the equivalent of a poll tax by the disenfranchisement efforts of Republican governors and legislators.
To put it succinctly, voter suppression laws primarily affect younger voters, students, the elderly, and the poor, or as I like to call them, Democrats.
Now we have yet another example of vile conservatives admitting that vile Republicans are vile-ly going after African American voters. How's that new outreach effort (scroll) workin' for ya, GOP?
At a Dallas event featuring Steve Munisteri, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, Ken Emanuelson, a leader in the Tea Party, said: “I'm going to be real honest with you – the Republican Party doesn't want black people to vote...”
Or as I like to call them, Democrats.
Here's the audio:
Now Emanuelson is saying he "misspoke," that he was simply responding to a question. Here's the UPDATE via the Dallas News:
“I expressed a personal opinion about what the Republican Party “wants.” That was a mistake. I hold no position of authority within the Republican Party and it wasn’t my place to opine on behalf of the desires of the Republican Party.
“What I meant, and should have said, is that it is not, in my personal opinion, in the interests of the Republican Party to spend its own time and energy working to generally increase the number of Democratic voters at the polls, and at this point in time, nine of every ten African American voters cast their votes for the Democratic Party.
“That said, I’ve been very clear, time and time again, that the Republican Party absolutely must expand and build bridges into all communities. I reiterated that same opinion at the same meeting. For whatever reason, Rep. Veasey chose not to include that information in his email, but I look forward to opening a dialogue with Rep. Veasey on this issue.”