July 22, 2004

Suppress The Vote '04!

Democrats blast GOP lawmaker’s ‘suppress the Detroit vote’ remark

Democrats on Wednesday denounced a Republican lawmaker quoted in a newspaper as saying the GOP would fare poorly in this year’s elections if it failed to “suppress the Detroit vote.” […]

Pappageorge, 73, was quoted in July 16 editions of the Detroit Free Press as saying, “If we do not suppress the Detroit vote, we’re going to have a tough time in this election.” […]

Pappageorge’s remark reflected the GOP’s failure to send black voters a persuasive message, said Rep. Alexander Lipsey, D-Kalamazoo.

“This is the endgame strategy the Republican Party has decided to utilize, rather than positive strategies,” he said. “They are strategizing, “How can we get those folks we don’t care about from going to the polls?”’

Some are saying this comment has racist overtones. I just think it’s nasty all-around. Suppress the Detroit vote? A party professing to love democracy (the president talks glowingly about it) doing what it can to subvert it and reduce its practice within our borders. That’s stark-raving Republican.

Posted by James at July 22, 2004 9:06 AM
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