Democratic efforts to turn Texas blue involve a new website called Battleground Texas, which is currently making headlines via comments made by a Dallas Tea Party leader.
"I'm going to be real honest with you, the Republican Party doesn't want black people to vote if they're going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats," said Ken Emanuelson at a Tea Party Q&A, when asked what Republicans should do to increase black turnout.
Emanuelson hasn't apologized, but he had clarified that he "misspoke."
I expressed a personal opinion about what the Republican Party 'wants.' That was a mistake. I hold no position of authority within the Republican Party and it wasn't my place to opine on behalf of the desires of the Republican Party.
What I meant, and should have said, is that it is not, in my personal opinion, in the interests of the Republican Party to spend its own time and energy working to generally increase the number of Democratic voters at the polls, and at this point in time, nine of every ten African American voters cast their votes for the Democratic Party.
Rep. Marc Veasey, an African-American Democratic congressman who runs Battleground Texas, has strong words for Emanuelson. "I am going to be real honest with you, Mr. Emanuelson," Veasey writes. "The Republican Party discounts communities of color at their own peril and attacks like these only serve to embolden us for the long road ahead."
Emanuelson seems to stand by his statement, judging by the number of news reports on the comments he's posted on his public Facebook page.
Via Bloomberg and Battleground Texas.