New GOP Billboard Targets Black Voters
October 18, 2010

There it was at the corner of 610 and Scott: a new billboard targeting African-Americans.

I admit it caused me to do a double take.  I’m lucky that the billboard didn’t cause me to have a fender bender in heavy traffic. 

At the risk of sounding partisan (and, trust me – I’m not) I don’t know how anyone can make the  claim in 2010 that “GOP is the new Black.”  


The ad is paid for by Raging Elephants, and you can read more at

I realize that the GOP has done limited outreach to African-American voters, and there are some who believe the party’s message of  limited spending, anti-abortion and smaller government.

But in this year of the angry Tea Party, talk of  taking “back our country”  and Rush Limbaugh calling President Obama a jack###, most African-Americans I know are offended and turned off  by the GOP.

Someone please show me proof of  an African-American stampede toward the Republican Party.

I doubt the GOP in Texas will win more than 10%  of the African-American vote.

I’ve always believed that people should vote for the party or political candidates of their choice.

I honestly don’t know how anyone can believe that G.O.P. is the new Black.

Bill White for Governor Campaign Recruits A Veteran Political Player
August 29, 2010

The Bill White campaign for governor of  Texas is getting an experienced political operative to help the former Houston Mayor defeat Governor Rick Perry.

I ran into William Paul Thomas Saturday night at the Greater Houston Partnership World Trade Soiree.  He confirmed to 2 On The Beat that he is joining the campaign through election day in November.

Thomas plans to take a sixty day leave of absence from his job as chief  of staff for Houston city council member Sue Lovell.

He wouldn’t provide specifics about his role when I asked him to describe his responsibilities.  He told me that he would to defer to the campaign to make the announcement.

I assume that he  is going to help White  create some excitement and bolster election day turnout in African-American communities across Texas.

I’ve heard grumblings from many Democrats that White is  taking  African-American voters for granted.  

Some are also upset that he doesn’t have a prominent African-American on his campaign staff. 

If  White doesn’t give African-Americans a reason to vote for him in November, many will stay home, and  he’ll have a tough time defeating Rick Perry.

Thomas is a political campaign veteran and he has worked on staff for  U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Senator Rodney Ellis, in addition  to his current job at city hall.