In a move that can only result in a rash of concussions from heads hitting desks, the Michigan Republican Party has decided to open an office in Detroit for outreach to African-American voters — and to invite Rand Paul to give the keynote address at the opening of that office.
The Michigan GOP is seeking to increase the party’s visibility in the Democratic stronghold of Detroit, 97.5 percent of which voted to reelect Barack Obama in 2012.
The solution? Open a new outreach center for Detroit voters, named the “African American Engagement Office.”
The GOP has tapped Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to headline the official opening of the office on Dec. 6, which will highlight “the Michigan Republican Party’s outreach efforts and our commitment to revitalizing Michigan’s urban centers,” according to the Eventbrite listing…
Both the name of the office and the outreach strategy are already attracting their share of detractors. One Republican strategist told The Huffington Post that it sounds like Michigan Republicans are opening a “‘separate, but equal’ office in Detroit.”
“The party should have an office in Detroit, but calling it the ‘African American Engagement Office’ is absurd, offensive and pathetic,” the source told The Huffington Post on background.
Rand Paul. The guy who opposes the anti-discrimination laws in the Civil Rights Act and thinks businesses should be allowed to refuse to hire or serve people on the basis of their race. That’s their choice to open an office to appeal to black people and convince them to vote Republican. Well I guess since Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond are dead, he was the obvious choice. Now watch him show up in blackface carrying a big plate of fried chicken and watermelon.