Taylor’s “execute child molesters” stance is making some key African-American supporters upset:
“It’s a grave concern,” said Joe Beasley, of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “We got him over (Secretary of State) Cathy Cox in the primary so there’s a strong feeling that he should be talking about our issues rather than running negative ads about the death penalty that feed people’s fears about crime.”
Beasley said he and a few other black leaders met with Taylor last Thursday to voice their worries and that Taylor pledged to keep up a dialogue.
“Unless he gets the message he’s going to be heading back to Albany in November,” Beasley said, referring to Taylor’s hometown. “This could have a chilling effect on his support in this community.”
The Rev. Timothy McDonald, of the Atlanta-based Concerned Black Clergy, agreed. While black voters are unlikely to throw their support to Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue they might stay home on Nov. 7, McDonald said.
“I want to support him,” McDonald said. “But there’s not going to be a lot of enthusiasm if this is his message.”
This spells trouble for the Big Guy. The black vote is a huge component of Taylor’s base – one that Taylor needs to turn out in a big way for him to win.
One other item along this line: I’ve noticed as I’ve campaigned for Perdue in Gwinnett, the reception among African-Americans has been quite favorable. I know it’s anecdotal, and blacks in Gwinnett are probably more open to the GOP’s message than folks in other parts of metro-Atlanta, but I think Sonny will do better than people think among this demographic.
Agree or disagree?