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  True Diversity found among GOP contenders for Illinois Lt. Gov.
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Last EditedCOSDem  Aug 15, 2005 01:30pm
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News DateMonday, August 15, 2005 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionOPINION - Recently, I attended a forum conducted by the Cook County Republican organization. The Republican candidates for both the offices of Governor and Lt. Governor were invited to answer questions from the locally elected committeeman and other GOP activists.

When the Lt. Governor candidates took the stage, I was struck by the true diversity of the group of four candidates. It made me wonder why the Democrat party seems to continually get credit as the party of the minority when it seems to be the GOP that is the only major party trying to reach out to the minority community in any kind of positive way.

It is not often reported that Republicans--the Party of Lincoln--have historically been the party that fought discrimination and worked to provide justice and social equality for minorities.

In 1964, nearly 90% of Republican Senators voted to pass the landmark Civil Rights Act, but only 60% of Democrats did so. Illinois Republicans such as President Lincoln, Senator Everett Dirksen, and Governor Stratton were champions of minority empowerment.
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