Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bill White continues having problems with African Americans...

Bill White is still alienating those who should be his strongest supporters (link). Excerpt follows...

An e-mail that popped into various in-baskets around the state this morning claims that the African American community is perturbed with Bill White for not meeting with President Barack Obama when he was in Austin and Dallas this week and for not voicing support for Obama in 2012.

"I found this interesting," the messager writes, "since Bill White was at a Tea Party event where we know they have traded their white sheets for short sets and business suits."

The message purports to be from a Margaret Wilkins. Michael Moore, White's campaign manager, called to say he has concluded the message is a fake.

"Margaret Wilkins" also complained that when White was mayor of Houston he ignored minority contractors, hasn't invested any money in Houston's African American community and plans to merge Texas Southern University with another system to "cut cost" and "streamline state government."

Moore said the message is similar to a fake e-mail sent out during the previous election cycle and that the White campaign has no plans to respond officially. The purported sender did not respond to an e-mail from the Chronicle.

Is this a hoax? Nope... it is a real person (link). Excerpt follows...

Wilkins still has questions for White

Margaret Wilkins, the woman who sent an e-mail last week questioning Bill White's commitment to African Americans, is a former Houston resident who still spends time in the city but lives primarily in Dallas. In a phone call this afternoon, she told me she is a former member of Houston Black Amnerican Democrats.

She was particularly upset that White didn't meet with the president when he was in Texas last week. "That was a slap in the face," she said.

She still has questions for White: "Does he support our president now, and will he support him in 2012? Does he support the merging of Texas Southern University? How many blacks will he be supporting and appointing?"

Wilkins said she's a former state employee, now semi-retired, and that she volunteers with the elderly.

She was a big Ann Richards supporter, she said. "Ann Richards was for us. We knew Ann Richards. We never had to ask whether she was going to be for us."

Taken with all the other evidence of Bill White's slide with his own base he is in some trouble. Non presidential years are all about turn out, and Republicans are far more excited to vote than Democrats this year...

Playing the race card (link) won't help Bill White.

1 comment:

  1. Media Junkie, in 2006, Perry got 16 percent of the African American vote (Bell had 63 percent) while Strayhorn had 15 percent and Kinky Friedman got only 4.

    In November of this year, I say Perry gets 16-17 percent of the Black vote.


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