Jessica Chasmar, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
CHICAGO (The Washington Times) — A prominent black Chicago pastor believes the black community has been forsaken by the Democratic Party and has invited all the 2016 Republican presidential candidates to the troubled Woodlawn neighborhood in an effort to inform and mobilize voters.
“African-Americans have been loyal to the Democratic Party,” Pastor Corey Brooks told The Daily Beast. “But there is a group of African-Americans that feel like the Democratic Party has not been loyal to us.”
Mr. Brooks sat in his office at the New Beginnings Church of Chicago Wednesday morning mapping out a plan for Republican presidential candidates to visit the area — an effort he’s calling the “American Urban Issues Presidential Series,” The Daily Beast reported. So far, only Rand Paul has taken him up on his offer, but he said he’s heard back from the campaigns of Scott Walker and Ted Cruz.
Last week, Mr. Brooks and Mr. Paul toured the Parkway Gardens apartment complex along O Block after the Republican’s speech outside the church, The Daily Beast reported.