Monday, November 06, 2006

MD - Black Democrats Feeling Unfulfilled by State Party Leadership

Old, but interesting news on Black Democrats - particularly in Prince George's County - being fed up with the White-dominated state party. These cats are ready for, and deserve to be at the next level. Diversity means much more than colored faces at the polls and the victory parties:

Before the meal was over, a seed had been planted that three weeks later would sprout into one of this election year's most controversial moves: crossing party lines to endorse Republican Michael S. Steele for U.S. Senate.

According to four participants, the move was aimed at driving home a point: Don't take the county leadership and its majority of black voters for granted.

"This is a position we took to effect change -- change that would be beneficial to the citizens of Prince George's County -- and also to allow us to be part of the decision-making process of the Democratic Party," said County Council member Samuel H. Dean (D-Mitchellville), one of the leaders involved. "This was less about Michael Steele and more about the Democratic Party taking us for granted."


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