You’ve got to admit, holding a gun raffle to “celebrate the legacy of two great Republicans who demonstrated leadership and courage that all of us still lean on today: Martin Luther King, Jr and Abraham Lincoln” is a tone deaf way to show respect to men who were murdered by assassins’ bullets.
The Multnomah County GOP is holding the raffle for a hand gun or an AR-15 rifle to raise money for the party and draw people to the annual Lincoln Day Dinner featuring Senator Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael. The idea is taking fire from local media and from one Portland African American businessman who thinks the idea is wrongheaded and racist.
Friend of the GOP and real estate broker, Fred Stewart, posted this to his Facebook page today,
Unaware of the story in the media, I naturally asked Fred what he was talking about and why he was going nuclear–alleging racism by an entire group of people–without any rationale.
Stewart explained the idea of a gun raffle to honor two American heroes who lost their lives in their quest for freedom is “humiliating” and insensitive to black people the party is trying to entice. He implied MCRP leader Jeff Reynolds must be racist to even consider hosting such an event.
The Multnomah County chair may have his short comings, but being a racist is not one of them. Moreover, the co-planner of the event is the mother to African American children who ironically had been targets of taunting and racist chanting by Portland leftists who crashed a 2011 Tea Party event.
The gun story has been picked up by local media which is eager to regurgitate the facile tale of ‘racist, gun toting Republicans.’ Commenters on the Willamette Week story are pushing the tiresome cliches.
A person under fire takes cover, retreats if necessary, and re-positions. After this misfire, it’s probably time for the MCRP to retreat from combining the two events and re-position.