Dallas State Rep. Stefani Carter, Now a Romney Surrogate, on Why Romney Should Get the Black Vote

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Seems like it was only a month-and-a-half ago that Stefani Carter, the Republican state rep from North Dallas, was just another face in that Mitt Romney campaign piece about how, despite having just been booed during his speech to the NAACP, black people love him. Now, she's a full-fledged surrogate.

Last week, she was in Tampa for the Republican National Convention, fielding questions for the campaign about minority issues. This week, the campaign appointed her to Romney's Black Leadership Council and flew her to Charlotte to keep an eye on the Democrats.

And what, precisely, does that entail? Did Carter don an Obama shirt and squeal gleefully at the mention of the man's name as she tiptoed past security to spy on the enemy? Not quite, though "I'd probably blend right in," she said.

Instead, Carter was in a satellite office filled with TV screens showing every network's coverage of the DNC. It was her job to help craft and disseminate the Romney media response.

"What we're doing in short is, we're telling the truth," Carter said yesterday.

Case in point? We spoke Thursday afternoon, well before Obama's speech, so she focused on Clinton. He's a great speaker, she said, but his claim that 4.5 million private sector jobs have been created under Obama only dates back to 2010 and fails to factor in the millions that were shed earlier. His claim that Obamacare has helped keep the growth of healthcare spending below four percent annually is a stretch, too, Carter said, since it neglects to mention that much of the law has not yet been written.

And those pesky Democratic claims that Romney and Paul Ryan want to gut Medicare? "That couldn't be further from the truth," she said. "Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney plan would allow seniors to remain on Medicare." They just want to give people an additional option to get private insurance. (For the record, Clinton's speech mostly checked out).

Pretty standard Republican talking points, but Carter seems to have been embraced by the Romney camp as much for her ethnicity as her political chops. Why then, given the fact that Obama did make history as the first black president and that the interests of minority communities tend to line up more closely with the Democratic platform, would black voters in particular want to vote for Romney?

Carter said Obama has never addressed head-on the unemployment rate for African Americans, which is around twice the national average, and he's done little to address their economic concerns. Romney would, Carter said. Romney "didn't wake up one day and say 'Let's act like we care about minorities,'" she said. He loves minorities. Women, too. Carter was a student at Harvard Law when Romney, as governor of Massachusetts, presided over a state government with more women in top levels than just about anywhere else.

Bottom line, she said: forget about the image of the Republican party as not looking out for the interests of minorities and waging a war on women. This election's about the economy.

"It's so important (for voters) to know that if they're economic situation has not improved over the last four years, then no matter their ethnicity or gender, they should think about why it is they're casting a certain vote," Carter said.


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rufuslevin
rufuslevin

she is pretty much a shinning star compared with the Dallas Couny black power politician crowd.

 

No Archie and Albert in her background.

 

Carter was born in Dallas, Texas, and baptized in Richardson, Texas. Her mother was an elementary school teacher, and her father is an engineer turned entrepreneur, owning a small lawn care company.

Carter excelled in her academics in school, as she was told by her parents if she wanted to go to college, she would have to work to pay for it. She graduated from Plano East High School in 1996 and earned a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with highest honors with a B.A. in Government and a B.S. in Journalism. During Carter's undergraduate years at UT she interned at the White House under the Clinton administration.

After graduating from the University of Texas, Carter attended Harvard University where she earned her Jurisprudence Doctorate from Harvard Law School and a Master's in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. During Carter's years at Harvard she became a proud Republican and contributed articles to USA Today. After graduating from law school, she returned to Dallas and served Collin County as an assistant district attorney.

Tmocker
Tmocker

Poor Stephanie - This makes me want to puke, when a minority runs with a party that is overtly discriminatory against their own people. A person wanting to climb the political party ladder of a party that needs token minorities, in-trade, they will advance their token member, who will sell their souls to the rich white guys. Typical accommodation in Dallas Texas. 

 

If she is not selling her soul for advancement, then it just means she is too stupid to see what the Republican party stands for and their recent/past actions. 

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

When anything goes, it’s women who lose. - Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. Observer (London, 15 Dec. 1991).

lankyfish
lankyfish

Stephanie Carter is a tool. She's attention starved and she likes being the GOP's token black chick. Romney is relying on a one-term nobody, who hasn't accomplished squat in Austin. She's the highest ranking black female that would actually support that clown. Sad, sad, sad.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Keep in mind that all of Romney's positions come with an expiration date.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Why does She look Nickelodeon Black and  Not BET Black ?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Stefani Carter is better looking than Sarah Palin

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

Keep in mind that Romney was applauded by a black audience for defending traditional marriage. This is where identity politics gets entertaining.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

When you consider the tremendous strides people of color have made under Obama, who is one-half black, why would they vote for a white man? Why would they want to return to the oppression and economic apartheid brought on by Bush, who is also white?

DallasDrilling
DallasDrilling

@Dallas_Observer Romney's gal totes the boss's distorted vision while African Americans give 0% to GOP. She's as slick as Romney.

TeckieGirl
TeckieGirl

@Dallas_Observer it won't happen..because we won't go back.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Newsflash!

 

8.1% - We're Back!

+96,000 jobs created - Take THAT Romulans!

 

reality

 

Fed set to pump Trillions more of future labor commitments by children and unborn (debt and fiat money)

368,000 dropped out of the workforce whilst 96,000 created

88,921,000 no longer in labor force

 

Man, you've GOT to stop talking to us like that.

 

What we heard from Obama was a vision. And he pulls numbers out of a hat. 100,000 new math and science teachers. 600,000 more people working in natural gas. Two million more trainees, and he doesn't say how we get from A to B. It's a vision. I have a vision of an America where there is no disease and everybody has a private airplane, but unless I tell you how we get there, I’ve said nothing. - CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

 

Veracity does not consist in saying, but in the intention of communicating truth. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834

Daniel
Daniel

Romney didn't just wake up one day and say, "Let's act like we care about minorities," Oh, no sir! He actually did the hard work of having his handlers arrange for him to MEET some. Turns out, he must be part minority himself -- at least in terms of having "soul" --  as evidenced by his fun 'n' funky statement, "Who allowed the canines outdoors?" A vote for Romney is, in essence, a vote for America's second black president.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

"What we're doing in short is, we're telling the truth," Carter said yesterday.

 

I actually laughed out loud at that one.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

Candidate gives speech. Candidate gets boos for policy statement. Candidate gets standing ovation at conclusion of speech. Fair, balanced lede: "Candidate speech gets booed".

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Uh huh.  And Gays and Latinos should all vote for Romney, too...

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Romney got a standing ovation at the NAACP speech

TexDem
TexDem

 @rufuslevin Did you copy this from her web site or is this her campaign manager? 

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @oakclifftownie BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T GET ANY OF EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON'S STOLEN SCHOLARSHIP MONEY FROM THE CBC FUND....NOT PART OF THAT FAMILY OF CROOKS.

lankyfish
lankyfish

 @holmantx That's an ooooold picture. She weighs about 40 pounds more and her hair does not look that good.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @albert.finney000 uh....maybe to get some JOBS and some security back.

 

Skin color doesn't make any big character references...Supreme Court ruled that.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @holmantx Bush's last month in office: 750,000 jobs LOST.  Yes, we're better off having just created 96,000 jobs than the republicans losing 750,000 a month.

PeterPotamus
PeterPotamus

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Like the lady said, it's primarily about the economy rather than any preconceived classifications one would cling to in order to simplify constituent characteristics.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @holmantx Out of politeness.  Romney-Ryan enjoy a whopping 0% support among African-Americans, according to the polls.

Robert
Robert

 @TexDem  @rufuslevin What difference could it possibly make? It's the truth, no matter how you would like to spin it.

Robert
Robert

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  @holmantx You tipped your hand; his last month in office; everything was already crumbling, due to BOTH parties, but mainly the dems. Obama took over, and that unemployment TREND downward is still continuing, and if he stays in office, we're sunk.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  @holmantx one month had 750,000 lost.   Obama lost 4 million after dumping a trillion into stimulous and bailout efforts.  your numbers are cretin.

Robert
Robert

 @Bremarks  @holmantx As noted above, which you obviously missed, he received boos for a policy statement, and was warmly applauded at the end. Try watching something other than MSNBC, (misinformation central).

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@Bremarks @holmantx So did God. Democrats are a tough audience.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Absolute lock-step unity based on race is so appealing in this post- world.

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