They are the new black Republicans and they have a new name for the party. GOP they say stands for the Grow Out Party. These are African American Mayors and State lawmakers who say for far too long, Democrats have taken the black vote for granted. And they’re fed up.
It’s time, they say, for black voters to take back the party of Lincoln, to make the GOP look more like them: African American faces, young and old. Rich and poor. Professional and working class. And as more young black voters identify themselves as Republicans, some African American leaders hope this could be a year to fundamentally change the Party, to give it new color and a new attitude.
Jennifer Carroll, Florida State Representative (R-Jacksonville)
James Clyburn, U.S. Congressman (D-SC), former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus
James Garner, Mayor of Hempstead, NY (R) and Head of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.