Crystal Wright is the editor of the political site, www.conservativeblackchick.com
It’s hard to keep track of the scandals with D.C. Council members. Harry Thomas (D) and Kwame “fully loaded” Brown (D)are under federal investigation. Michael Brown (D) has a problem paying his property taxes. And of course Council member Marion Barry (D) has chronic ethics problems.
They are “the gift that keeps on giving,” says Bob Kabel, Chairman of the District of Columbia Republican Committee (DCRC), of which I am a member.
These scandals create a huge credibility problem for the Democrat party in DC and a barrier to sound governance. Recognizing this, Kabel and DCRC Executive Director Paul Craney are determined to grow the party and remind residents the principled candidate running for council these days may often be the Republican.
Since the election of Barack Obama and sordid allegations enveloping the Council, the D.C. Republican Party has been successful in attracting more young people, independents, disaffected Democrats and minorities. Yes, blacks and Hispanics are growing in numbers within the DC Republican party and running for office on a platform of integrity and principled government.
Tim Day, a former ANC commissioner and resident of Ward 5 is a black member of the DCGOP, who is running for the DC At Large Council seat. His challenger in the primary is Republican Mary Beatty. Teri Galvez is a Hispanic member of the DCGOP, who has been a Republican for 30 years, announced her campaign for Republican National Committeewoman. Jill Homan is also running for the same seat. Bob Kabel is running for Republican National Committeeman.
I’ve made a point of highlighting Republican minority candidates running for office in DC because I’m sick and tired of Democrats acting dumbfounded that black conservatives exist and then mocking us in the next breath.
Ron Moten, a black Washingtonian and former Democrat, announced he’s running as a Republican against Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander. What’s compelling about Moten is that he speaks passionately about wanting to help his fellow Ward 7 residents rise up economically through education and access to jobs.
Tired of Democrat Council members promising to help blacks and instead just helping themselves to taxpayer dollars, Moten says he knows he can be successful running as a Republican candidate in Ward 7 because of his message.
Moten describes himself as a Civil Rights Republican like Carter G. Woodson. Borrowing from Woodson’s “The Miseducation of the Negro,” Moten notes in his campaign material that blacks need to be self reliant “not depend on others to do for us what we should do for ourselves.”
His campaign flyer reads: “Those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others, never obtain any more rights and privileges in the end than they had in the beginning. Woodson continues, when you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will not have to find his proper place. You will not have to tell him to go to the back door he will go on his own.”
“I Ron Moten ask you the question, “Is this not what we have seen in ward 7 for the past 12 years?”
The answer is yes this is what Democrat lawmakers have done in DC for decades: brainwash black people. Ward 7 residents have suffered economically from Democrats pursuing policies which keep them oppressed. In DC Wards 7 and 8 have the highest unemployment rate, teen pregnancy, poverty in DC and the highest number of households headed by single women.
According to the Urban Institute, about 67 percent of children in Ward 7 are living in single-parent homes. President Johnson’s Great Society began this train wreck of social policies which Democrats continue to pursue relentlessly at all levels of government and which continue to drive blacks into further economic decline.
The DCRC’s embrace of Moten is an example to be followed because the more blacks and other minorities see their faces reflected in the GOP, the more elections Republicans will win in Democrat dominated cities like DC. It’s not about the GOP changing its message; it’s about putting forth more diverse messengers.