Two New Faces Defy Michelle Obama, Youngest Black Republicans Elected in Blue State
Remember when Michelle Obama said the Republicans in Republican party was the party of ‘old, white men’? Pretty sad when you think that this is the former first lady, right? It’s also ironic coming from a representative of the Democrat Party. A party whose top representatives are also mainly in their 70’s or ‘white, old, men’ – Schumer, Biden, Sanders.
The Republicans are doing what they can to bring in new faces young and old, female and male, from all races and backgrounds even in strong Democrat states like Connecticut. Don’t believe me? Check this out!
Tyrell Brown and Ed Ford Jr. are thought to be the two youngest black Republicans elected to public office in deep blue Connecticut. And they’re going to drive Michelle Obama crazy.
Michelle, you might remember, thinks that the Republicans are the party of old, white men. She dropped this particular piece of race-baiting nastiness last month at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.
“On one side of the room, it’s literally gray and white. Literally, that’s the color palette on one side of the room,” the former first lady said, according to The Washington Post.
Are you sure she’s talking about the Republicans?
“On the other side of the room, there are yellows and blues and whites and greens. Physically, there’s a difference in color, in the tone. Because one side: all men, all white. On the other side: some women, some people of color.
“And whenever I was sitting, I would always have a guest in that booth, and I was always the most embarrassed at the beginning when people would see that, because I’d say that, is it just me, am I looking at how governance works?”
Well, Mrs. Obama, why not ask Mr. Brown and Mr. Ford? According to WTNH-TV, they’re part of the “color palette on one side of the room.” And they’re neither pale nor senescent.
The two 20-year-olds, both juniors in college, first met each other playing touch football and were president and vice president of student government their senior year in high school.
On Tuesday, both were elected to positions in the town of Middletown — Ford to the school board, Brown to the Middletown Planning and Zoning Commission. According to WTNH, they are believed to be the youngest black Republicans ever elected in the Nutmeg State.
“When the results came in I was absolutely euphoric,” Ford, a psychology major at Central Connecticut State University, said.
Brown, a business major at Southern Connecticut State, was more pragmatic in his celebration: “When I found out I won, I said ‘OK, time to get to work.’”
Talso noted that they definitely get it from family for being Republicans. “I definitely love Christmas and Thanksgiving at my house because it always gets interesting,” Brown said with a chuckle.
However, it doesn’t sound like they regret a bit of it.
“If you have the will to do it, if you have the passion to do it, go do it now,” Ford said.
News 8’s Mario Boone asked each how they’ll juggle classes and public service.
Said Brown, “thank God for calendars.”
Ford agreed, saying time management will be key.
Ford and Brown were sworn into office Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at council chambers inside Middletown City Hall.
So much for the room with all ‘old, white men’ right, Michelle?
These two guys are not only pretty interesting, but talk about eager and focused. These characteristics are just what the Republican party needs. Although, I’m going to bet these two young men are going to have their work cut out for themselves, especially in Connecticut!
These two just made history and are believed to be the youngest black Republicans to ever win political office in deep blue Connecticut.
Connecticut, one of the 13 original colonies, joined the Union in January 1788 and has participated in all 58 presidential elections. The state maintained eight electoral votes from the 1930s through 2000, but dropped back to seven in 2004. Connecticut has gone through periods where it primarily voted Republican. However, it has gone Democrat for the last seven elections, and is not currently considered a battleground state. In 2016, Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump by about 13.5%.
Let’s hope these two young men can begin to change not only the stigma of the Republican Party, but the political nature and beast in even the Democratic state of Connecticut.