Cranley has piled up an impressive list of endorsements from the black community. In addition to NAACP President Christopher Smitherman, the following list of black leaders joined to support Cranley:
***Pam and Cecil Thomas have said they support both candidates.***
Even when we exclude Pam and Cecil from this list, Cranley has locked up endorsements from most of the major leaders of the Cincinnati black community. Dwight Tillery, Alicia Reece, Steve Reece, Laketa Cole, Christopher Smitherman, Doc Foster, Minette Cooper, and more.
One of these people is employed by the Cranley campaign, and one is a consultant. The rest don't work for him. This led to some of Roxanne's white surrogates to accuse Cranley of engaging in "pay to play" and buying his black support. Apparently they think only white people can make endorsements based on what they think is best for the city. They really stepped in this one, prompting Steve Reece to lash out:
Steve Reece, Alicia Reece’s father and a longtime Democratic Party activist, called the criticisms from white bloggers offensive. “I find it insulting and racist to imply we can’t think, and to say money will influence who we will support,” Steve Reece said.
These white Qualls surrogates don't understand what they've done. Steve Reece is a long-time Democratic activist with deep roots in the black community. So do many of the others on this list. Accusing them of pay-to-play not only offends them, but offends their many supporters too.
As some of Roxy's biggest supporters, we hereby apologize for the borderline-racist actions of a few of our compatriots. Please forgive Roxanne for their sins, even though she has refused to repudiate them. We promise to speak with Roxanne tomorrow and implore her to condemn her supporters' offensive behavior. We expect Roxanne to comment shortly whether she thinks Cranley should hire more white people for his campaign. We expect Roxanne will soon tell you whether Cincinnati's black leaders are capable of making endorsements without first being paid.
We are Republicans for Higher Taxes and we approve this message. And no white person paid us to write it.