African-American GOP Candidate In Florida Has Sign Defaced In Racist Display
— Glo Smith (@GloForCongress) June 29, 2014
Gloreatha “Glo” Scurry-Smith, who is running in the Florida GOP primary to challenge long-sitting Rep. Corrine Brown (D) in November, tweeted a bold display of discrimination committed against her: a photo of one of her campaign signs that had been vandalized. Her face on the eight-foot-by-four-foot sign was covered in white spray paint.
It was actually her husband who discovered the sign in Jacksonville, Florida and Smith told the National Review that she “expect[ed] signs to be tampered with or stolen, but not to this extent.”
“Throughout this entire incident, I go back to Martin Luther King’s comment that we look forward to a time when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” Smith said. “I’ve got too much work to focus on to be bothering with things like this.”
Smith is running in a district with a majority Democratic voter registration. “The attack follows a string of bias incidents against black Republicans,” reports National Review. She has also had several signs stolen.
Brown and another Republican are attempting to end Brown’s 21-year House career. Scurry-Smith is a former staffer for Governor Rick Scott and she will face fellow Republican Thuy Lowe in the late-August primary. Ballotpedia reports that Scurry-Smith had raised eight times as much money as Lowe of April.
As far as the defaced sign, Lowe condemned the vandalism, reports The Huffington Post.
“I was shocked by this,” Lowe told National Review. “There have been some comments out there that this may have been caused by bigotry. This is a message that she is an African American woman who is a Republican and therefore has a white point of view.”
And while there have been fake reports of similar incidents in other races, Smith said her claim is real. “I’ve got too much work to focus on to be bothering with things like this,” she said. “People are ready for a change. Corinne Brown has been there for more than 20 years.”
The GOP primary is set for August 26.