Dallas Tea Party Leader Says GOP 'Doesn’t Want Black People To Vote,' Then Apologizes
"That was a mistake," Ken Emanuelson says of his statement at a May 20 event organized by the Dallas County Republican Party. His full quote then: “I’m going to be real honest with you. The Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they are going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.”
The Republican Party of Texas is distancing itself from comments made about black voters by a Dallas Tea Party leader. In an audio recording that Democrats sent out to news outlets Tuesday, Tea Party leader Ken Emanuelson of Dallas can be heard saying that the state GOP doesn't want to encourage blacks to participate in elections if they overwhelmingly vote for Democrats.