Colin McEnroe, who appears weekdays from 1 to 2 p.m. on WNPR-FM (90.5) writes about the disingenuous leanings of the two major political parties when it comes to fielding candidate diversity.
McEnroe’s Hartford Courant column:
In 1962, Connecticut made history. Gerald Lamb became the first black candidate in the United States to be elected state treasurer. From that, the Democrats drew a weird conclusion: the treasurer should pretty much always be black and nobody else should. That was good news for Henry Parker, Francisco Borges, Joseph Suggs and Denise Nappier who has been state treasurer for exactly as long as the euro has been a currency.
There are some signs that she might retire this year, which could force the Democrats to do something really crazy like draft an African-American state legislator–Gary Winfield? Toni Walker?–to run for lieutenant governor. Madness! A black candidate but not for treasurer? What do you think this is? Illinois?
Connecticut Democrats have never, in hundreds of years, elected a black person to Congress. Connecticut Republicans have, once, 20 years ago: Gary Franks, also his party’s nominee for Senate against Chris Dodd.
One black member of Congress! Alabama has had six. Florida nine. If it makes you feel better, Massachusetts is stalled at one, the Republican U.S. Sen. Edward Brooke. But they’re leading us 1-0 with black governors.
Doesn’t this seem a little weird? We’ve had a black U.S. President!
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