GOP Senator: ‘I Would Prefer More Educated Voters’ Over Influx of ‘African-Americans’
A Republican Georgia state senator raised some eyebrows when he took to Facebook to complain about early voting being implemented in a predominantly African-American neighborhood.
“I would prefer more educated voters than a greater increase in the number of voters,” State Senator Fran Millar wrote on his Facebook page. “If you don’t believe this is an effort to maximize Democratic votes pure and simple, then you are not a realist. This is a partisan stunt and I hope it can be stopped.”
Earlier that day, Millar criticized the county CEO for allowing early voting in DeKalb County.
“Per Jim Galloway of the AJC, this location is dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist,” Millar wrote.
After he was accused of trying to suppress the black vote by the state’s Democratic Party chair DuBose Porter, Miller replied, “I defined educated as being informed on the issues. Finally Mr. Porter is welcome to look at my DeKalb NAACP award, so don’t try to accuse me of trying to suppress the African-American vote.”
Ooh, an NAACP award? You mean like the two NAACP awards Donald Sterling has?
Raphael Warnock, the pastor at local Ebenezer Baptist Church took offense and slammed Millar in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“While he boasts that he has an NAACP award, as if that shields him from the wrongheadedness of his recent remarks and threats, he should not kid himself,” Warnock said. “Fran Millar must apologize immediately for this insult to the African American community and to the fine people of Georgia for suggesting the worst about who we are today.”