RERcontributor Pastor Stephen Broden, a veteran political activists and member of the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC), has worked on attracting more black voters into the Republican Party for years. His work has been at the genuine grassroots level, it has been national, and his campaigns have yielded national media attention.
RagingElephantsRadio.com focused on the need for black engagement by the Texas GOP for an entire week in the month of May. For his contribution to the week-long conversation, Broden began his assessment of the black engagement by the Republican Party as “lacking”.
Whatever engagement has been done by the GOP, Broden gave it this characterization. “It certainly has not been demonstrative of our philosophies and ideas that drive us a party. We have the best message in town.”
Broden quoted a sentence from his new book, Pawns of Change, “The biggest, colossal mistake ever made is the GOP not organizing an effort to enter into the (black) community.”
Broden is known for his optimism and is bullish on what the Texas GOP will soon do. “That mistake is still evident today. But, I think more now than ever before there’s a golden opportunity. The window is open like it’s never been before. We must seize that moment. And, move into the community with a coherent, cognitive message that will resonate with people that are looking right now for an alternative.”
Because of the lack of attention to the black voter, Broden sees the image, message, and branding of the Republican Party being controlled by the opposition party and the nation’s leftist factions.
Broden has been conducting conversations with Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey about how to proceed with the igniting of an engagement program in the event he’s elected to a full term at the 2018 Texas GOP State Convention.
A collection of veteran black Republican activists are constructing a skeletal plan to present to black convention delegates at a scheduled meet and greet at the state convention on Thursday.
In this RERhotclip, Broden goes into greater detail on his vision of what black engagement would look like if directed by the state party. He puts a heavy emphasis on training of both activists, and new converts to the party. A goal of the convention meet and greet is to recruit more black delegates into the role of activists and grow a larger circle of cooperating associates from around Texas.
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