Monday, July 31, 2006

 

Chris Morris should be embraced

Arkansas has a strong list of statewide candidates on the Republican side of the ticket. There is no reason why the party of Reagan and Lincoln should not sweep the statewide ticket. Except that few people realize we have a candidate for State Treasurer.

Chris Morris is an African-American running on the Republican ticket. Surprised? I am not surprised. Look across the nation. In Maryland, Lt. Governor Steele is running for the U.S. Senate seat in that state. In Oklahoma, the venerable J.C. Watts has left office, but is still a force to be reckoned with. Even Pennsylvania has a notable African-American running on the Republican ticket, Pro Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swan.

While the African-American vote is not swinging to the Republican side in any earth shattering way, it is on a gradual move. More an more, we see prominent seats going to conservative African-Americans that have come to realize that, because they are conservative, there is not a home for them in the Democratic Party.

The Arkansas media is taking a strange tact on the Chris Morris campaign. They are ignoring it. If Morris were a Democrat, you can bet his candidacy would be trumpeted from the heights of the Ozarks to depths of the Delta. But he is a Republican.

In Maryland, the state Democratic Party leader and many other prominent Democrats have called Lt. Gov. Steele an "Uncle Tom" and a "boy." Apparently its not racist if the African-American is a Republican. Pennsylvania Democrats are having to be careful on how they approach Swan because of his stature as a football icon in that football-crazed state.

Morris was an advisor to Governor Mike Huckabee, promoted prayer breakfasts across the state, and promoted Covenant Marriage. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Philander College and has experience in financial management.

The other candidates on the Republican ticket should be embracing Morris, not because he is African American, but because he is a highly motivated and experienced candidate. The fact that he is African-American would be forced onto the media once they start covering his campaign.

This is a win-win for Arkansas and the conservative movement. Most of Arkansas, regardless of race, is conservative. Once the electorate realizes that the home for conservative beliefs and idealism is in the Republican Party, faux-conservatives like Beebe and Daniels will never darken the ballot again.

Comments:
Chris' problem isn't the candidates or the party. it's Chris. he's the one who refuses to campaign and travel with the others, or show up at any event for that matter.
 
Chris never refuses!! He works 8 hours a day and then campaigns after work. No excuse the party should be doing more for Chris. They promised him a fundraiser it never happened! Chris is campaigning hard!! Send him a donation!!
 
Chris is a loser, He is a liar and how can anyone support Convenant Marriage when he continually tries to break up marriages!! He needs to go and find another profession, he has way to many skeletons that could come out of the closet, enough said!!
 
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