In response to a core group of Texas black Republicans coming together to press the state party to cease neglecting engagement in the black community, an event was organized during the RNC summer meeting in Austin. Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel was billed as the featured speaker and gave a flat and disappointing presentation.
Held on July 19 at the Fairmont Hotel, RNC Committeeman Robin Armstrong invited a list of GOP luminaries to address the issue of black engagement by the Republican Party on a state and national scale. An audience of approximately 70 gathered in the hotel meeting room.
McDaniel was the first to be introduced by Armstrong. She spoke for approximately three minutes and then hugged Armstrong upon her jet-like exit from the event. She interacted with none of the attendees that were largely black. McDaniel was nearly last to arrive, and first to leave.
For an audience that was there to hear what the RNC is doing to broaden and diversify the GOP, McDaniel utterly disappointed. She presented no tangible facts or metrics on what the national party is executing. McDaniel left the impression with the attendees that she’s unfamiliar with black engagement efforts, or that the reality is that there is no credible efforts being made.
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