|David L. Lowery, Jr. (Facebook)|
Oct. 5, 2012 - We know that Democrats are no strangers to dirty campaign practices, but this is a new low if true. CBS Chicago (WBBM) reported yesterday that David L. Lowery, Jr., President of the Chicago Far-South Suburban Branch of the NAACP alleges that Louis Raymond, the Illinois political director for Obama for America, tried to intimidate him because he has not supported Obama's re-election. (He's not supporting Romney, either.) HOWEVER, Chicago News Bench discovered that Mr. Lowery IS now supporting Obama, and is publicly calling on people to vote for him (see video below).
This is surely a sign of lowered support by disillusioned Black voters who are tired of Obama not giving them the support they expected, but it's also an indication of just how much the Democrats take for granted that Black will vote for them - and how ugly they can get when they don't.
Mike Krauser filed an audio report for WBBM, which broke the story yesterday. In Krauser's report, Lowery says Mr. Raymond added, “We’ve been watching you, and since you don’t support Obama, we’ll deal with you,” before hanging up. Lowery felt so strongly that he may have been threatened by Raymond that he filed a report with the Oak Forest police report, "in case something happens." See Krauser's report here.
In the video, Mr. Lowery says (at 1:30) that he is sending out "an olive branch to Obama's team, and to Louis Raymond, who called me and threatened me. Brother, come on my show....and talk about why you feel that David Lowery, Jr. is a threat. All I'm doing is telling the truth."
Still speaking to Mr. Raymond, he continued, "I'll drop these charges if you vow to do ten rounds with me in the ring.... But if you don't, I'm going to keep pressing these charges....and now, you're gonna pay for that."
It's disturbing enough that an Obama campaign official would threaten anybody for refusing to support their man. But add to the mix the fact that Mr. Lowery, the man who was threatened, is Black and a leader in the NAACP and you've got a bizarre story.
Imagine the national outrage if a statewide political director for Romney threatened a leader of the NAACP. It would be front page coverage on every newspaper today, but this story has hardly gotten any attention yet. One cannot blame Mr. Lowery for being angry. I just hope that Mr. Raymond takes the challenge to box ten rounds with him.