This is another one of those stories you won’t find widely reported. It was briefly covered on Fox News and my attempts to track down written reports were laborious and the results thin. Why the radio silence? Because it goes completely against the narrative.
However, the Washington Examiner did report that two longtime Chicago Democrats – both minorities – are throwing their support behind the Republican candidate for governor, Bruce Rauner. How’s that for an “in your face?”
James Meeks, a former State Senator and currently Senior Pastor of Chicago’s Salem Baptist megachurch has decided to support Rauner rather than Democrat Governor Pat Quinn. As well, attorney Manny Sanchez, who helped lead President Obama’s outreach campaign among Latinos is jumping ship to support Rauner.
Can you imagine the courage of these two well-connected men, both minorities, in shifting away from the Illinois Democrat machine? You just know they’re taking their lives into their own hands – and this being Chicago, we’re not just talking political lives. After all, this is the home of the original liberal progressive socialist radical, Saul Alinksy — and his star pupil, Barack Hussein Obama. How long do you think it took before Rev. Meeks got the call from ol’ Barry Hussein?
In a phone interview with Capitolfax.com Rev. Meeks made his position clear, saying he will try to convince other African-American ministers to help him, too. “I was with him since Day One,” said Meeks, who describes Rauner as a friend and fly-fishing buddy with a shared interest in education. “I think he will do good things for people.” Meeks said he’d never heard of Rauner before Eden Martin, President of the Civic Committee, called on Rauner’s behalf about five years ago to request a meeting. An initial three-hour visit to Meeks’ 20,000-member church led to dinners and eventually Rauner hosting Meeks for some fly-fishing at his ranch in Montana.
It would be a huge deep strike into Obama territory if Rauner could pull off the upset. However, it would be a very disconcerting issue for Democrats overall if Rev. Meeks could be a bellweather of inner city black pastors breaking away from the “taken for granted” support for a party that has only delivered the black community welfare, family breakdown, poverty, and dependency. And don’t forget, it was Barack Hussein Obama, the first African-American president who cares so much for black children that in April 2009 he cancelled the DC school voucher program — as he was sending his two daughters off to exclusive Sidwell Friends School. In fact, he so believes in being his “brothers keeper” that he unleashed the first black attorney general against the school choice/voucher program in the State of Louisiana.
Maybe, just maybe, the blind adoration from minority Democrats is starting to fade?