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Get ready for Texas Republican Michael Williams to garner quite a bit of media attention in 2010. He is a black conservative who is running for the United States Senate. The Tea Party folks love him. He has his sights set on taking the place of current Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison who is expected to resign her Senate seat in her quest to become Governor of Texas.
Influential conservative Senator Jim DeMint endorsed Williams last week. DeMint says he’s looking for some “New Republicans” to support and back with his Senate Conservatives Fund PAC. Williams is DeMint’s guy.
I spoke with Michael Williams here in DC and I must tell you, this guy has star power written all over him. Think about it. He seems to have the whole package including a sparkling resume, great oratory skills and oh by the way, don’t forget he’s an African-American conservative who is gung ho about the Tea Parties.
I asked him about charges by critics that some of the people who attend these Tea Parties are racists. Watch his answer below.
Michael Williams: "There are not as many African-Americans in those crowds but one thing we ought not to take from that that is not a crowd of racists. That is a crowd of Americans who are frustrated with the way their leaders or supposed leaders are performing. I was asked once about the question, ‘is much of the motivation here about racism?’. No that’s not the motivation. The motivation here is about bailouts and Czars.”
On being a black conservative:
Michael Williams: "I’m unique in one sense. Journalists may point to the fact that I’m an African-American and that’s what makes me unique. I am unique because I am principled and consistent conservative and I’ve got enough courage to stand up to the sort of Washington establishment and I can come to this city and not be seduced by it. That’s the uniqueness that I think is the uniqueness of this campaign.”
On the Tea Parties:
Michael Williams: "I’ve been to and spoken to at least twelve Tea Parties. I’ve been to Tea parties with as small as a crowd of 100 to as many as 3,000 and at the Tea Parties I will tell you what I have seen are people who are everyday Americans"..."What they’re telling us is get it right and these are not people as Electeds or people who are running for office we can afford to ignore. This is a central part of the Republican Party and a central part of the movement towards turning America around.”
More on Williams here.
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