Former state Senator, Reverend James Meeks has considerable political clout in Chicago’s African-American community and he is weighing in on this upcoming gubernatorial election, but not on the side of the Democrat Pat Quinn. He is throwing his support behind Bruce Rauner, the venture capitalist Republican from Chicago’s white North Shore.
“The Democratic party just assume always that 97 percent of the African-American vote will go to the Democratic party. If that assumption is true, they never have to work for our vote,” Meeks said.
He worries about the gun violence, the poverty and the no-end-in-sight outlook. “Our schools are still broken and getting worse. We’re last in employment or business. Our neighborhoods are deplorable,” says Meeks. “And we still get the same promises from the Democratic party, but we don’t get any deliverable. I think it’s time we should look at another candidate.”
In order to win the gubernatorial in Illinois, a candidate must win 20% of the city and that means winning a large percentage of the African-American vote. Some analysts say Meeks can deliver.
Meeks came up from the street and has proven himself in politics and religion. He might be bulletproof.
“If you are going to challenge Reverend Meeks, you better have both feet planted on the ground. There aren’t too many people that are able to do that here in this city,” says Thom Serafin, a Chicago political analyst.
Meeks hopes to reach black voters.
“It does make me think twice. Maybe he knows a little more than I do, ” says one of hi parishioners Natasha Harris.
Rauner has already spoken at Meeks’ Church – the Salem Baptist – and he is hoping to get other pastors to listen to Rauner.
The Black people need to realize that years of oppression by the Democrats have gotten them nowhere. The Democrats have helped ruin their family structure and have kept them in poverty and enslaved to the system. Blacks fear racism. Fear is what keeps the black people down.
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