After having their presidential and congressional candidates almost entirely ignored by the Black electorate over the past several years, the Republican Party is once again attempting to reach out to Black voters. This time, their quest for Black support started in Brooklyn.
Last week, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus ventured deep into Brooklyn — East New York, to be exact — to meet with Pastor A.R. Bernard. Bernard is the leader of the Christian Cultural Center, a megachurch with more than 30,000 congregants located on Flatlands Avenue. Besides his church duties, reports the Daily Beast, Bernard has become the person politicians go to when they want to discuss how to win Black voters. Mayor Michael Bloomberg went to see Bernard before his mayoral run and Priebus’ visit was no different — he wanted to know how to get more Black votes for the GOP.
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