After their party’s defeat in November, Republicans have spoken at length about reaching out to minority voters. Yet as the Republican National Committee meets in Washington today to vote on a new chairman, Politico reports that there are only five black committee members, including the two — Michael Steele and Ken Blackwell — who are running for chairman:
Glenn McCall, the committeeman for South Carolina, nominated his home-state chairman, Katon Dawson. And Keith Butler, the committeeman for Michigan, nominated Michigander Saul Anuzis.
There is only one other black RNC member: Ada Fisher, the North Carolina committeewoman who supports Dawson.
There are no black Republican members of Congress; the three Cuban-Americans, one Vietnamese-American, and one Hispanic represent the caucus’ entire minority membership. No wonder Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned yesterday that the GOP was becoming “a regional party.”