It is clear that this mid-term election season is bringing forth not just the rise of the conservative woman but also the conservative black candidate who is finding more of a national stage in this year’s Congressional elections.
Fourteen Congressional black candidates, both men and women, are running on the GOP ticket in various districts all over the United States. Charles Lollar, in particular, is taking on quite the Goliath in Maryland’s 5th Congressional district race. Mr. Lollar, the General Manager for Cintas, a multi-million dollar facility services corporation, is taking on Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
Mr. Lollar gained the endorsement and support of former GOP 2008 presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney along with their respective political action committees.
While Mr. Lollar faces a tough incumbent, Democrats are taking no chances and brought out President Barack Obama to Bowie State University in Baltimore last Thursday to fire up the base of their party.
Prince George’s County, long a Democratic strong-hold that went 82% for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election, is the core of Mr. Hoyer’s voter base in this district, but the economic environment is worse today than it was six years ago, and un-employment remains higher in a number of areas than the national average.
Tied tightly to the health care bill passage among other pieces of unpopular legislation pushed through by Democrats on the hill, Rep. Hoyer has more explaining to do to his constituents disillusioned with the worsening circumstances their district and many others like it continue to slide into.
If Mr. Lollar can get a strong turn-out from three Republican favoring counties while counting on a lower turnout in areas more likely to favor Mr. Hoyer, the tea party supported Lollar could very well give Representative Hoyer a run for his money.