Governor Deal: If Republicans fail to reach minorities, ‘then shame on us’
by Don McKee
May 20, 2013 12:03 AM | 2578 views | 3 3 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Don McKee
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Gov. Nathan Deal could be on to something big with his call for Georgia Republicans to reach out to minorities, following the lead of the GOP national committee and several prominent party figures.

At Saturday’s state GOP convention in Athens, Deal cited a “shocking’ statistic about Georgia public schools. Fifty-six percent of the students are nonwhite — minorities, in a word.

The governor told his fellow party members: “If you want to know what the future electorate of Georgia looks like, look at those who are in the schools right now.” He spelled it out: “If we do not recognize that and if we don’t reach out to them, then shame on us.”

The Georgia delegates got the same message from Karl Rove, the well-known former adviser to President George W. Bush. Rove said: “We’ve got to get candidates who represent the diversity of our country.” In Texas, Republicans win “40 percent of the Latino vote on average,” he said, and, “We go out of our way to recruit qualified Latino candidates and run them for office.” In 1998, when George W. Bush won another term as governor, “and we won every one of 28 elected offices in Texas, white men were a minority of our ticket,” Rove said. “And there’s a lesson in there for us.”

Deal’s straight talk to Georgia Republicans echoed what Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a presidential candidate in waiting, said a week ago. At the GOP Lincoln Day dinner in Iowa, he said, “We need to attract the Latino vote. We need to attract the African-American vote. It is somewhat of a gateway issue.” Of illegal immigrants, he said, “Their kids will be voting and if their kids think we’re hostile, they’re never going to vote for us.” Paul boiled it down in these words: “We need to reach out. We’re going to have to do something.”

Evidently, Gov. Deal feels that Georgia Republicans should do something. The question is: What should they do? Is there going to be an organized effort in coordination with the national GOP outreach?

It may be a tough assignment. For one thing, will Hispanic voters who came here legally be influenced by the debate over how to deal with illegal immigrants and specifically, the position of many conservatives and Republicans that no “amnesty” should be granted in the form of the proposed new immigration law?

Deal’s challenge fits with the plans of the Republican National Committee to woo minorities. Chairman Reince Priebus said in March that his group plans to spend $10 million this year reaching out to minority voters by sending hundreds of RNC employees into “Hispanic and African-American, Asian communities, talking about our party.”

One hurdle for Deal and other Georgia GOP leaders is the disaffected tea party and other conservatives like those who appeared at the state convention Friday to denounce “Republicans in name only.”

Let’s see what comes of Gov. Deal’s challenge to Georgia Republicans to reach out to minorities.
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May 21, 2013
@winning votes

Your post is loaded with almost every liberal cliche one could imagine. Your efforts at class warfare, gender warfare,racial/ethnic warfare and religious insults are hate laden and make your post nothing but a Goebbels rerun.

You also missed one. You forgot to include anything anti-Semitic. You need more practice.
Pat H
May 20, 2013
Pandering to any special interest group - minority or not - is not what will get voters.

Get rid of lobbyists, demand fair trade or impose tariffs, reform the tax code so that it is fair and easy, enforce the laws regarding illegal immigrants, demand welfare losers work for the money, lead with integrity and represent the people you serve, pass no law that exempts yourself or special interests, and do not give one crying dime to any country that is unfriendly to this great US.

Do that and more or leave.
Winning Votes
May 20, 2013
So GA GOP tell me how you are going to reach out & capture the minority vote in GA?

By running only white men and a white woman thrown in here and there? By financing only a wealthy, white man's campaign?

By being against immigration reform that allows a path to citizenship? As an aside, please tell me how we are going to deport 12-20 million illegals? Load them up in boxcars?

By allowing rich people to pay a 12-14% tax rate? Republican policies favor wealthy people.

By not offering some form of affordable health insurance and healthcare?

By trying to overturn Roe vs Wade?

By allowing the right wing, religious faction to rule within the party?

It is the POLICIES of the Republican Party that people object to. The Republicans do not want to do the right thing and help take care of the poor, the elderly and people of color. They ONLY want to do it in order to win an election. They can get a token candidate to run, but will their policies change? Put forth sincere policies that do not favor white, wealthy, right wing religious people, stop sending troops and money to countries that have been fighting for centuries and then the Republicans might have a candidate who can win the White House.
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