Our latest for EBONY: "Everybody has a right to vote but nobody in these towns knows anyone who's Black,” said Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster.
Webster has been forced to issue a public apology after his bizarre allegations that “dozens [and] dozens of Black people [came] in and voted on Election Day.” Webster implied that this could have tipped the state’s vote to President Obama.
Webster’s preposterous comments were not satire for “The Onion." The remarks were made to Portland’s NBC affiliate WCSH-TV and represented the latest in a series of racially-charged post-election commentary by the Republican official. Webster made similar comments the previous day and “refused to provide specifics” or proof, reports the Portland Press Herald. “I'm not talking about 15 or 20. I'm talking hundreds.”
More than 95.5% of Mainers are white—the second highest percentage after Vermont. It’s very likely that many Mainers, especially those in rural areas, do not have any have Black neighbors. It’s also likely that “dozens and dozens” of Blacks were trying to vote in Maine on Election Day—probably the very few Blacks who actually live there.
Read the op-ed HERE.
In related news: An editorial in the Portland Press Herald has condemned Webster's race-baiting and asks Republicans to denounce the party chairman.