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Angela McGlowan didn’t start out as a black Republican.
A Mississippi native with a soft voice that still projects the twang of the deep South, McGlowan laughed aloud when asked if she’d always been a conservative.
“Growing up black in Mississippi?” She asked incredulously. “Heck naw.”
McGlowan’s father was a minister and an Independent; her mother was – and still is – a Democrat. How McGlowan grew up is “pro-life, pro-dependent on the Lord Jesus Christ, self-reliancy and self-sufficiency,” she explained.
Later in life, she would decide her personal values aligned with those of the Republican party.
McGlowan is running to represent Mississippi’s first congressional district – the first woman and the first black person to do so. Not only is she a vocal black conservative, but she is also an active participant in the wave of Tea Party protests that have been sweeping across the country.
Though reports of the protests cite slurs and events tinged with racism, McGlowan said the only verbal abuse she’s received has been from the liberal left.
“I’ve been called Oreo, Sambo, Uncle Tom, a lawn jockey, a house Negro,” McGlowan said. “They don’t even want to give me a chance.”
But McGlowan said she’s not interested in what people think. McGlowan blames generational welfare for continual poverty deep in the Delta and went to Washington, D.C. with ideas for reform. She broke away from the Democratic party after her ideas were dismissed by the Congressional Black Caucus, she said.
Republican leaders would listen to her, she recalled, “and I said, ‘Let me take a look at this party.’”
She recounts her experience and party switch in her 2007 best-selling book, Bamboozled: How Americans are Being Exploited by the Lies of the Liberal Agenda.
If elected, top three priorities are cutting wasteful spending to balance the budget; giving tax credits and incentives to small businesses; and creating education programs that call for smaller class sizes, holding teachers accountable and raising expectations of the public school system.
The author, small business owner and former Fox News analyst is also concerned about black and Hispanic males being “endangered species.” She has been endorsed by Judge Joe Brown, who told her the correctional system has become “the new plantation” for uneducated minorities.
McGlowan said she would work with politicians on both sides of the aisle because, “at the end of the day, we all suffer when we don’t do what we’re supposed to all as elected officials.”
She doesn’t mind being a controversial figure if it elicits intellectual discussion and people researching to find more information about the issues. She wants people to vote.
“No matter if you voted for (John) McCain or (Barack) Obama, know why you voted for who voted for,” she said. “That’s why I’m doing this. Because I want all people to be informed.”