The Maryland Republican Party opened a bid for support among black voters yesterday by announcing formation of an African American Steering Committee.
"If African American voters know the real truth about the two parties, we won't have trouble bringing them into the Republican Party," said Brad Carson, a 46-year-old investment counselor from Silver Spring. "A lot of us are Republicans and don't know it."
The new group met yesterday at the Holiday Inn in Columbia to talk about ways the GOP could make inroads among black Marylanders, most of whom consistently vote Democratic.
Mr. Carson said many black Americans don't want what he termed the discredited welfare state offered by Democrats for so many
What blacks need, he said, is jobs and opportunity.
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