Talent Rocks Missouri with Bush- Gains Minority Endorsements

Jim Talent picked up several more important endorsements in the closing stretch of his senatorial campaign…

More than 11,000 Jim Talent supporters rally with Bush in southern Missouri!

President Bush, center on stage, flanked by Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., left, and Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at the Missouri Southern State Leggett and Platt Athletic Center in Joplin, Mo., Friday, Nov. 3, 2006 in Joplin, Mo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Missouri African American firefighters endorsed Senator Talent last Saturday:

(ST.LOUIS) African American firefighters want to send Jim Talent back to the United States Senate to fight for their interests. The Firefighters League for the Advancement for Minority Equalization (F.L.A.M.E.) today said they believe Jim Talent is the best person to represent the African American community whether its fire fighters, small businesses or community-based organizations.

“Although most of the membership of F.L.A.M.E. has been active in supporting Democrats, we believe that Jim Talent is deserving of our support for his accomplishments, not only for black firefighters, but for the African American community as a whole,” said Airest Wilson, President of F.L.A.M.E. “In the past, the black firefighters reached out to Claire McCaskill and her Auditor’s office and she did nothing. Jim Talent has always been accessible to us. We are endorsing Jim Talent because he has a history of championing causes that are important to the African American community such as providing funding for first responders, empowering minority-owned small businesses to compete for government contracts and providing health care access for patients with diseases that disproportionately impact minorities such as Sickle Cell Disease.”

Here is a picture of the fired up(?) crowd and empty chairs at a McCaskill event on Saturday.

Controversial and liberal St. Louis Post Dispatch writer Sylvester Brown wrote earlier that blacks are jumping the party line to vote for Senator Jim Talent:

Committeewoman Norma Leggette (4th Ward) isn’t sure what the Democratic Party stands for anymore. She wonders how she’s supposed to excite constituents in her ward about November’s elections.

Leggette said there are two Democratic parties in St. Louis – one that benefits whites and another that ignores blacks. “At one time, Democrats were a solution for us. I don’t know when that changed or why that changed, but it has,” Leggette told me.

Her comments underscore a familiar complaint from blacks who claim the Democratic Party takes them for granted.

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