Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, November 22, 2013
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will open an African American Engagement Office in Detroit, Mich., as part of a Republican effort to improve their efforts to reach out to the traditionally-Democratic voters.
The office is the first-of-its-kind for the Republicans. “Every community in the United States should be engaged by the Republican Party and Senator Paul believes that the values of limited government, and more freedom have broad appeal,” Doug Stafford, one of Paul’s senior advisers, stated. “He is pleased to help lead this effort.”
The opening takes place on Dec. 6. The office is run jointly by the Michigan Republican Party and the Republican National Committee.
Rand Paul previously gave a speech at the historically-black Howard University in Washington to talk about how Republican positions benefit the black community, but it was an imperfect debut.
“I thought my reception at Howard was much better than my reception from the left-wing media,” Paul said at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast a week after the event. “It is harder for me, I’m not African American, to go to Howard and talk about it. It would be easier for an African American Republican maybe to talk about it because then it seems less like me trying to preach to people about history but it’s all of our history. There were whites involved too in abolition.”