First Black Woman GOP Lt. Governor Nominee Crusades in High Stakes Virginia

First Black Woman GOP Lt. Governor Nominee Crusades in High Stakes Virginia

Winsome Sears has it all figured out. Black Virginians like her, she believes, are more conservative than they know and even more irked by a Democratic Party that takes them for granted. She hopes that with the right amount of righteous outrage she can bring them with her to the Republican promised land. Sears is the GOP’s nominee for lieutenant governor. “The Democrats have been successful in instilling fear in people who look like me,” she told Zenger. “I have had white liberals talk down to me — talk down to me, and as if I didn’t exist — simply because I’m a Republican.” “I mean, how dare you? Who told you you could talk to me that way? Because I’m not the right kind of black? Is that how this works?” Developers who gentrify urban blocks and price Black Virginians out of their own neighborhoods, she said, often work hand-in-hand with liberal politicians: “I think we have to consider that most of these places that they’re talking about — gentrification — they’re run by Democrats. They are run by Democrats. And so here we go again. We’re talking about — Republicans are supposedly racist, and Democrats are supposedly the ones who care more about you.” Sears, who joined the U.S. Marines as an 18-year-old Jamaican immigrant, said Black voters should be shoulder-to-shoulder with the GOP when it defends gun owners, especially armed women in urban areas. “What am I going to do? Tell these Black women, ‘You can’t […]

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