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Long time Detroit Democrat now supports McCain

She's going against the strong tide of Obama support in Detroit because she experienced herself how Republicans are far more pro-business than the Democrats. From the Freep:

As a woman of color, Pat Browne of Detroit is excited that an African American is a true contender for president.

That doesn't mean she's going to vote for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. A longtime Democrat, Browne, 57, of Detroit has had it with the Democratic Party and pledged her support to Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona. She even had a house party for the campaign on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention.

"My next-door neighbor is a labor lawyer, and she asked me how in the world I could support McCain," she said.

Browne cited her experience as a small-businesswoman in Michigan as the reason for leaving the party. She owns Browne & Browne Office Products and can't get business with the State of Michigan because, she said, big stores headquartered out of state get all the business.

"I really needed someone to look at me and say this is an outrage. And the Republican Party has responded, and I haven't found that in any other Democratic venues," Browne said.

This doesn't surprise me at all. For all the blathering that Democrats do about looking out for the little guy, when it comes to delivering, they fall short. Good for Pat. It's got to be so hard for her to not only support a Republican for president, but to do so when the Democratic candidate is an African American.

Cross posted at Up North Mommy Talks Politics


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I spoke to a friend of mine... (Below threshold)
COgirl:

I spoke to a friend of mine who lives in Michigan a couple of nights ago. She was encouraging us to make our new car a GM with the comment that "we're dying here." It's a state that continues to elect Democrats, that has so many union members, that has high tax rates and is unfriendly to business. Is there a connection? Is this an indicator of what Obama would do to this country? I think so.

Tell your friend to tell he... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Tell your friend to tell her friends to get jobs in Toyota plants, COgirl. Who in their right mind would buy a GM? Not a smart thing to do, at least not until the Volt is out and properly evaluated.

Anyway, what about Republicans who support Obama? Don't suppose these party outliers would cancel each other out, would they?

Not sure how many Republica... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Not sure how many Republicans are going to be supporting Obama, Hypie - the main problem (as I see it) is that Obama's essentially a guy who's been a well-liked assistant manager in a chain store, trying to take over as president of the whole chain. He doesn't have the experience, he doesn't have the credentials, he doesn't even have (it would seem) the ability to make a hard decision and stick with it.

If he's the best the Democrats have to offer, that party is REALLY in sad shape.

Depending on the size of Ms... (Below threshold)

Depending on the size of Ms. Browne's business, she could also be looking at a little tax hike bonus from Obama. I'm guessing that doesn't appeal to someone trying to nurture a small business, either.

I left MI paying 65% of my ... (Below threshold)
epador:

I left MI paying 65% of my gross income to taxes and insurance. In 1995. From what I hear things haven't gotten better.




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