Black Republicans Rate Michael Steele

January 14, 2011  |  

(Daily Beast) — As the first black Republican chairman’s term draws to a close, other black Republicans are offering mixed reviews of his gaffe-filled reign and the effect it will have on recruiting more African Americans to the GOP if he is not re-elected. Raynard Jackson, a black GOP strategist and friend of Steele, says the chairman should be judged on how victorious the Republicans were in November and nothing else, but criticized Steele for not reaching out to black conservatives, a more important part of his administration. He said Steele made no serious efforts at reaching out, so not having him as head of the party won’t affect more blacks from joining the GOP. “The problem is within the white structure within the Republican Party,” Jackson said. “People on the committee that I’ve talked to over the past few years in private conversations—and even elected officials—they were very careful of how they criticized Michael and, they won’t admit this, but because of his race.”

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