Kentucky's Republican candidate for Attorney General is Daniel Cameron, who is black. If elected, he would be only the second black statewide officeholder in history, after current Lt. Gov. Jaenean Hampton. Cameron is trying to make inroads with the black community in Kentucky, but it's not going nearly as well as it did for Hampton. In fact, it's going disastrously wrong.
Kentucky Republicans are rallying behind attorney general candidate Daniel Cameron, who was labeled by a black civil rights attorney as a submissive race traitor for being endorsed by President Donald Trump.
"Liberals will stop at nothing to attack anyone and everyone who dares to think for themselves," said Sarah Van Wallaghen, the state GOP's executive director, in a statement.
But Dawn Elliott, who said Cameron needs to "stop eating the 'coon flakes' the White House is serving," isn't backing down. The outspoken radio show host said the association with Trump is a slap in the face to African Americans and that Cameron needs to explain his position to black voters.
"To sit there and be so proud of someone who is an open racist is shameful," said Elliott, an attorney who co-hosts a political talk show on WLOU 1350 AM. "Why would anyone of color want to side with someone who is trying to destroy us?"
Cameron, who worked as general counsel for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, also defended himself on Twitter.
"I am a proud lifelong Republican, part of a diverse Kentucky Republican Party ticket, and yes I support Donald Trump," Cameron tweeted Wednesday. "It's time to stop telling black Americans what we're allowed to believe."
Cameron, a former University of Louisville football player, is running against Democrat Greg Stumbo in an increasingly nasty contest filled with personal attacks and negative advertisements.
Here's the thing.
Daniel Cameron is black.
And I wouldn't vote for him if he was the last black man on Earth besides myself.
Dawn Elliott isn't wrong, and Greg Stumbo shouldn't pretend she is.