Governor Election Results In Two States

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  1. Cody Fousnaugh

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    Guess they have a right to be upset? Here's the story:

    Analysis: Election results in Florida and Georgia prompt soul-searching for African Americans

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — As cars clogged the parking lot outside Highlands Public Library, Tony Maxwell was certain his state was on the cusp of electing Florida’s first black governor.

    “It’s nice to see black people doing something early,” said Maxwell, 53, an African American retired naval officer, voting two days before Election Day.


    Gillum’s candidacy elicited an excitement on Jacksonville’s predominantly black north side that was unseen since the election of Barack Obama as president.

    When we vote, we win,” was one of Gillum’s trademark phrases, and Maxwell and his friends believed it.

    They voted. Still, their candidate lost.

    Democrats in Florida and Georgia awoke Wednesday feeling a complicated mix of emotions after two rising black political stars and would-be governors appeared to fall painfully short of victory.

    That pain was even more acute in African American communities, which sought to show how powerful they could be as a voting bloc in a divisive political period. There was deep disappointment, of course, and in some cases defiance and anger, over racist attacks that targeted both candidates, and, at times, hope that perhaps important lessons were learned for future candidacies.
     
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    I didn't hear about those but did read that Colorado elected the first openly gay Governer.

    Since you're moving there...what are your thoughts on that Cody?

    I know your views so was just curious if it will make a difference in your choice of state.
     
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  4. Cody Fousnaugh

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    Still moving there. I won't see him or have anything to do with him.
     
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    I'm sure....
     
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    {shrug} just another failed attempt at identity politics "vote for me because I black..."
     
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    When Barack Obama ran for office in 2008, he ran as the transracial candidate, appealing to voters across racial lines. One of the themes of his campaign was that race didn't matter and, for the most part, the country was not so divided along racial lines. Nearly every black voter voted for Obama, but that was to be expected given that his election would make him the country's first black president, but I don't believe that most of the white people who voted against him did so because he was black. Those who voted against him voted against him because he was a liberal Democrat and perhaps because of some of the troubling ties that he had with other leftists.

    Once he was elected, of course, he dropped the whole transracial thing and often referred to black people as "his people," and always came out on the side of black people versus white people. After being elected, he made everything about race and set race relations back at least a couple of decades.

    Today, there is probably a larger percentage of the white population who would be less likely to vote for a black candidate because of the example set by Barack Obama, but I still think that's a small percentage of the whole. Black candidates who run on the issues are going to do better than those who run on skin color or identity politics.
     
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    Can you post a verification for this as a fact, @Hal Pollner ?

    From what I can see, he only helped to lead the fight for same-sex marriage, and the picture shows him with a wife and baby.
    As @Chrissy Cross posted above, the first openly gay governor was from Colorado, not California.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/colorado...-openly-gay-governor-010131203--election.html
     
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    New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey (2002-2004) was the first openly gay person to serve as governor, but he resigned only a few months after he came out as gay, so he wasn't openly gay when he was elected.

    Time Magazine lists Colorado Governor Jared Polis as being the first openly gay person to be elected governor.

    Gavin Newsom has been married twice (to women) and, in between, had an affair with his campaign manager's wife, so I'm thinking that maybe he's not gay.
     
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    Now, the two election candidates, one for the Senate and the other for Governor, of Florida, that lost, are requesting recounts and so-on. As is the black lady in Georgia that won't take "you lost" (for new Governor).

    Wonder what that will cost the people of Florida and Georgia?
     
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    With respect for Yvonne's feeling about the subject, I deleted my post about California's Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom, but you can't be condemned for what you're thinkin'!

    Hal
     
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    I think you just got California and Colorado mixed up.

    Why would you think Gavin Newsom is gay??
     
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    @Chrissy...I just got Colofornia and Calirado mixed up.

    I just thought Newsom was gay, but seeing that he's a properly married family man, I was wrong. o_O

    Harold
     
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    No, you can't.
     
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    Well, the lady who REALLY wanted to be the first female black Governor has lost. She has really complained about the voting system and calls it totally "corrupt". OTOH, the black Florida Governor candidate, which would be the first black Governor of Florida is simply saying that his past caught up with him. He, as well as the lady in Georgia, say that racism definitely has something to do with them not be elected.

    If the lady would have been elected, she would have gone into the history books, as well as the man who was running for Florida Governor.
     
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