WFSU News Team
Fri August 31, 2012
Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll Says GOP Has Done Enough To Recruit; It's Now Up To Minorities
Following the Republican National Convention in Tampa, there have been renewed talks about the lack of diversity, particularly among African Americans in the GOP. Leading Republicans have said the party needs to do a better job of spreading their message, but Florida’s Lieutenant Governor is said it’s up to minorities to be more receptive.
“What needs to be done is for minorities to just have an open heart and open mind in listening to our message, it’s not for the lack of trying, for many, many years we’ve been having minority outreach and having organizations established to share with minorities what the party stands for,” said Carroll, Florida’s first black lieutenant governor.
According to the American National Election Studies, about 85 percent of African Americans identify as Democrats with only six-percent saying they were Republicans. The Republican National Committee doesn’t keep track of racial or ethnic breakdowns but there are estimates that 92 percent of its members are white.