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Clarence V. McKee - The Silent Minority
Clarence V. McKee has an extensive background of accomplishment and expertise in law, media, corporate, government, legislative, international and political affairs. He is particularly skilled in the effective use of electronic and print media.

He is the former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa where he was the guiding force behind the creation of the first Florida Lottery Television Network, developed partnerships with local businesses to raise funds for public education, and served on several boards, including Barnett Banks, Inc. Florida Power/Florida Progress Corporation, Checkers Drive-in-Restaurants and American Life Insurance Company.

He is a former chairman of the Florida Association of Broadcasters; served on the U.S. Senate Nutrition Committee for Senator Jacob K. Javits, writing food stamp and school lunch legislation; was a legal advisor to former FCC Commissioner Benjamin L. Hooks, where he assisted in drafting Equal Opportunity Rules for the broadcasting and cable television industries.

During the Reagan-Bush Administrations he was vice chairman of the Legal Services Corporation Board of Directors; Chairman of the District of Columbia Delegation to the Republican National Convention; and, Washington Counsel and lobbyist for the Angolan Freedom Fighters (UNITA).

He was appointed by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and re-appointed by Governor Charlie Crist, to the 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission and to the Board of Commissioners of the North Broward Hospital District (“Broward Health”).

He was a member of the Florida Delegation to the 2008 Republican National Convention and coordinated the black radio and print media outreach effort for the Scott-Carroll Gubernatorial campaign.

His political commentary has appeared in national and Florida publications. He is a commissioner on the North Broward Hospital District, serving the northern two thirds of Broward County Florida and has been a member of the Florida Council of 100 and Associated Industries of Florida.

Tags: asians | burgess | hispanics | villalobos

Flores Victory Shouts to Dems: Don't Take Latinos, Blacks for Granted

Flores Victory Shouts to Dems: Don't Take Latinos, Blacks for Granted

(Joe Sohm/Dreamstime)

Clarence V. McKee By Friday, 17 June 2022 10:07 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Congratulations to Mayra Flores, who became the first Mexican-American-born congresswoman and the first Republican elected in the 34th Texas Congressional District in over 100 years.

Flores won in an 85% Hispanic district where Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had won by over 20 percentage points in 2016 and 2020, respectively.

As she told supporters: "For over 100 years, we have been taken for granted."

Flores’ victory is not the first time a Hispanic Republican has defeated a Democrat in Texas.

In June of last year, Republican Javier Villalobos was victorious over a Democrat to become Mayor of McAllen, Texas, an 85% Hispanic town in a 92% Hispanic county. In 2016, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 40 points in the south Texas town.

These elections should be a gigantic political wake-up call for Black American voters.

The power and influence of Blacks as a relevant voting block is fast slipping away.

Hispanics are picking up the political slack.

Hispanics are the nation's largest-growing ethnic voter group.

As the Flores election illustrates — they are not in the hip pocket of the Democratic Party.

A recent Quinnipiac University survey found that just 26% of Hispanics approve of Biden’s performance, while 60% disapprove.

In stark contrast, although Black support for Biden has decreased, it remains at 70% — the highest among most demographics, according to a Washington Post-Ipsos poll.

Unfortunately, Blacks — unlike Hispanics — remain in the hip pocket of the Democratic Party.

I wrote in this space nearly a decade ago that " . . . the power of blacks as a relevant voting block at the national level could be lost for years. The focus instead will be on Hispanic . . . "

As to the political implications, I explained, "Hispanics, Asians, and women do not put all their political eggs in the Democratic Party basket as blacks do. Therefore, they — like independents — are sought after by both parties."

Like Hispanics in Texas, Black voters should show the Democratic Party that they cannot and should not be taken for granted.


An obvious way is to support Black Republican officials such as Congressmen Burgess Owens seeking reelection in Utah’s 4th Congressional District and Byron Donalds looking to retain his seat in Florida's 19th Congressional District.

They must also be strong supporters of Black statewide office holders such as Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears; Kristina Karama, who is running for Attorney General of Michigan; and Herschel Walker, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia.

If you think the Texas elections sent tremors through the Democratic Party establishment, there would be an earthquake if Blacks followed those examples and voted for Black Republican candidates.

Black voters are not the only ones who must step up to the plate.

Black Republican candidates have to swing their political bats as well.

Unlike many white Republican colleagues, they must go to Black voters and Black-owned and programmed media and ask for their support based on issues impacting their communities — not Party: crime, inflation, illegal immigration, and the need for parental choice in schools.

This is not difficult a difficult task.

The question is whether Black officials and candidates will heed such advice or listen to GOP operatives and advisers who say — "don’t waste your time and money."

That’s what the Democratic establishment did in Texas — to its regret?

Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations and training consulting firm in Florida. He is the author of "How Obama Failed Black America and How Trump Is Helping It." Read Clarence V. McKee's Reports More Here.

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If you think the Texas elections sent tremors through the Democratic Party establishment, there would be an earthquake if Blacks followed those examples and voted for Black Republican candidates.
asians, burgess, hispanics, villalobos
Friday, 17 June 2022 10:07 AM
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