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Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 11:12am

Thurmond: State Democrats Need to Confront Race

Confronting racial tensions within the Democratic Party is the only way the party has a chance in the state— says Michael Thurmond who lost his election bid for the US Senate last week. The out-going labor commissioner spoke candidly about the state party as the ground continues to shift beneath it.

The Democrats don’t hold a single constitutional office in the state after elections last week and this week, they’ve already lost three white rural democratic house members to the Republican party. Once dominant, white men are now becoming a minority among Democrats at the state legislature.

Michael Thurmond says his party’s top priority should be to face its internal racial tensions.

"The only way the Democratic party will be successful going forward is it will have to address these issues. Bottom line, look folk we need more white folk," says Thurmond.

Thurmond says in order to survive, the party must also create a pro-business agenda, focusing on small businesses.

Regarding talk of him being the next chair of the state party, he says it’s too early to tell if he’s the man for the job.

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