Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.
Yes or no?
Regardless, with a fedora hat tip to Ryan, I find it pretty awesome that the folks over at TPM Muckraker picked up on the story about the anti-Cazayoux robocaller. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
Actually, not only did they pick up the story, they followed up on it and confirmed our suspicions: Darrell Glasper, the ousted chairman of BREC, was behind the attempt to suppress African-American votes during the run-off election between Don Cazayoux and Woody Jenkins.
Mr. Glasper told the TPM Muckraker:
Glasper told me that he’d been frustrated by the Democratic Party’s lack of support for Jackson when he’d run in the primary against the white Cazayoux — there was no get out the vote operation, he said, and “without money in the community Jackson couldn’t make it.” But that support, he said, materialized on Cazayoux’s behalf in the general election. “That’s my interpretation of how they play the political games.” (Of course, there’s nothing remarkable in the fact that the party did not run a GOTV effort within the Dem primary but did against the Republican candidate.)
When I asked him why he’d signed off the calls “Friends of Michael Jackson,” when the calls were not in fact from Jackson’s campaign, he said “I’m a friend of Michael Jackson’s.” When I pressed, he said that the calls “may have said friends or by a friend,” he can’t remember.
Let’s cut to the chase: Mr. Glasper’s underlying implication is that the National Democratic Party decided to give Mr. Cazayoux more financial support because he is white.
That is absurd.
Mr. Cazayoux had announced his intentions to run way before Mr. Jackson entered the race. Indeed, Cazayoux said he would be running regardless of Baker’s intentions. It’s also worth mentioning that Cazayoux was considered the favorite for Speaker of the House prior to last year’s run-off elections, a position that was subsequently bestowed to a Republican, per the endorsement of Jindal.
To be sure, Mr. Cazayoux enjoyed the support of the National Party, but to suggest that their support was based merely on his race is to imply that he wasn’t a worthy candidate. More importantly, based on Mr. Cazayoux’s campaign finance reports, it appears as if the National Party was not significantly involved in the race until after Cazayoux beat Jackson in the primary.
And again, it’s difficult to believe in the integrity of a Republican who feigns concern over the “right” Democrat being elected.