The Gantt Report
Be careful with Crist
By Lucius Gantt
The 2014 Florida Governor’s race is certainly a political contest that Black voters should be concerned about.
Current Governor Rick Scott has not been a good friend of Black voters, Black workers, Black businesses, Black schools, Black communities or Black citizens.
To some African American residents of The Sunshine State, “Anybody would be better than Rick Scott!”
Well, former Governor Charlie Crist has announced plans to enter the 2014 Governor’s race.
Let’s see, Crist has been an Independent, a Republican and now he is running as a Democrat in his attempt to defeat Governor Scott, who will be seeking reelection.
Hmmm? Is Crist a Democratic Wolf or a Republican Fox? You know a fox and a wolf are both canines and, according to Malcolm X’s “Ballot or the Bullet”, either political canine we choose we’ll still end up in the dog house, the jail house and the poor house!
Now, I’m not trying to throw shade or salt on the Crist campaign. I’ll be happy to meet with him and talk with him about any subject, personal or political. I truly wish him well in his political aspirations.
What The Gantt Report does is tell the truth. People lie and say I can’t be controlled. That is true and not true. Just believe for some reason clients of Lucius Gantt don’t get written about too often.
Anyway, be careful with Charlie Crist. I didn’t say don’t vote for him. I said be careful with Charlie Crist.
In order for any Democratic candidate to win a political race against a Republican, the Democrat must get an extraordinary number of Black voters.
Most Blacks do vote for Democratic candidates and it doesn’t matter how angelic or how evil and wicked they are.
You only have to ask the Democrats that lost in the last election to know that getting 90% of votes cast by 30% of the eligible Black voters is not enough.
The Tea Party will turn out. The Fundamentalist Christians will turn out. The gun lovers will turn out. Wall Street workers will turn out.
And, some Blacks will turn out to support local Black candidates and the customary Black that will run for a statewide office.
What I remember about Charlie Crist is how he led the destruction of Black business opportunities in Florida State government.
The “One Florida” plan that Former Governor Jeb Bush set up to utilize minority businesses and worked so well was not championed by Crist, it was not endorsed by Crist, it was not adequately funded by Crist and it was Crist’s policy to ignore Black business efforts and to subsequently cause Black businesses doing state work to lose huge sums of money.
Yes, it’s election time again. It is the time that every politician loves Martin Luther King, every politician loves FAMU and BCU, every politician attends a Black church and almost every politician will invite Black people to an event to eat fried chicken or fried mullet fish.
I know you can’t wait to jump on some politician’s bandwagon but can’t you just ask candidates a question before you proclaim him a white Barack Obama?
Ask them what is their plan to increase business for Black owned companies, increase job opportunities for Black workers and to increase benefits for Black seniors and Black youth?
The Gantt Report says political candidates that look good from afar are usually far from being good! (Buy Gantt’s latest book “Beast Too: Dead Man Writing”. Like The Gantt Report page on Facebook and contact Lucius at www.allworldconsultants.net)