In recent months, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has sought to build stronger relationships with African-American communities by forming what it calls “African-American engagement offices.”
“Developing relationships with black voters means having an active presence in their communities,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said after the North Carolina engagement office opened. But Priebus has been paying special attention to the state of Michigan, generally, and the city of Detroit, specifically.
“I don’t want to just be an observer. I want our party to do our part to rebuild Detroit and advocate for the principles of free enterprise that hold the keys to the city’s success. We can offer solutions to get Detroit back on its feet,” he wrote in an editorial published in the Detroit Free Press last week. “It is up to leaders in our party to convince the people of Detroit to give our ideas a chance.”
In order to convince Detroit to do so, he has tapped Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to be the keynote speaker at the opening of the Michigan African-American Engagement Office. He will be joined by members of the Michigan Black Advisory Council.
Sen. Paul is an unusual choice to speak about revitalizing the Michigan economy, given that he vowed in July that federal aid would only go to Detroit “over [his] dead body because we don’t have any money in Washington.”