NBA Star and future Hall of Famer, Shaquille O’Neal, a native of Newark New Jersey, has officially endorsed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. In July, the Black Ministers Association of New Jersey blessed Christie with their endorsement. What is getting the attention of black voters? Christie’s support of choice in education for deserving black children. How interesting since it was President Barack Obama who immediately cancelled the DC school voucher program in February 2009.
Given this step forward, it’s curious why Ken Cuccinelli’s conservative message isn’t resonating in the same way in Virginia. Cuccinelli has a black Republican nominee for the Lieutenant Governor position who is a former Marine, Harvard educated attorney, and ordained Minister, in E W Jackson. It seems Jackson is connecting somewhat better in Virginia than Cucinelli. Perhaps a call from Christie to Cuccinelli is warranted.
But the key point here is that GOP success in the black community will not be based upon party allegiances, but rather principle and policy inclusiveness. The progressive socialists and secular humanists of the Democrat party have no relation with the fundamental values of the black community – as a matter of fact, they have failed the black community. But Republican candidates and grassroots supporters need to show up and stay there, not just pop in for a luncheon or dinner and never be seen again until 60 days before an election. Christie’s endorsements from the black community have established a paradigm that needs to be imitated across the country. Truth and principle, when earnestly conveyed does indeed win the day.