Senate Democrats are accusing Republicans of racism, saying a proposed plan by an outside Super Pac to tie President Obama to Rev. Jeremiah Wright amounted to “race-baiting” and “coded racism” for which Republicans are responsible.
The outside group’s proposed campaign, described Thursday in the New York Times, called for linking Obama to incendiary comments by Wright, a black preacher who was Obama’s Chicago church leader and who married the Obamas. The PAC said after the story appeared that it would not be running the campaign.
In an email sent Friday afternoon, Guy Cecil, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Executive – the Senate Democrats’ political arm – made the charges of racism and invited recipients to sign a “petition” objecting to the plan
Here is the text of the email:
Yesterday, The New York Times exposed a massive Republican campaign full of race-baiting, fear-mongering, and outright lying against President Obama.
It’s disgusting, vile and a few other words I can’t print. I’m itching to fight back, hard.
Republicans have to learn that coded racism is out of bounds. Stand with us to show they can’t get away with it.
Tell the Republicans to stop – and take a stand against despicable race-baiting. Click here to add your name.
Republicans think they can cower us into submission and that we won’t fight back.
I know you’ll never back down. Stand with President Obama right away.
The email suggests that Democrats will throw charges of racism at any effort to bring Wright’s name into the campaign. Wright has made many inflammatory comments, including suggestions that the United States deserved to be attacked on 9/11. Democrats were greatly concerned in 2008 that Obama’s ties to Wright could derail his campaign.