Florida Republican candidate for Congress Glo Smith was shocked last week to find her campaign signs vandalized – with her face painted white.
From National Review:
Glo Smith, who reports that she has also had a number of signs stolen, tells National Review Online she became aware of the racist defacement of an eight-foot-by-four-foot sign Tuesday.
Smith and another Republican are facing off in the August primary in an attempt to unseat longtime Congresswoman Corrine Brown, who ran unopposed in 2006 and 2008 and trounced her Republican challenger in 2012.
The 5th Congressional District is one of the most gerrymandered in the nation, and over 60 percent of voters are registered Democrat.
Smith’s primary opponent, Thuy Lowe, wondered who might have carried out the attack:
“I was shocked by this….There have been some comments out there that this may have been caused by bigotry. This is a message that she is an African American woman who is a Republican and therefore has a white point of view.”
Lowe acknowledged that her own signs have been vandalized in previous campaigns and speculated that Corinne Brown loyalists may have been behind the attacks, adding, “Glo is well respected in the conservative community.”
Attacks on black conservatives are, sadly, nothing new.
Earlier this year, students at Rutgers University protested former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s planned commencement address, and Ebony editor Jamilah Lemieux attacked conservatives such as Dr. Ben Carson for, well, being conservative.
Hopefully the voters in Florida’s 5th Congressional District will see through these racist attacks and vote based upon the positions of the candidates.