Thursday, March 26, 2009

James Flournoy | Calif. Black GOP pioneer, 93

The LA TIMES has a wonderful article on the life of James Flountry a prominent Los Angeles lawyer, the Republican candidate for California secretary of state in 1970, was the first African American nominated by either major party for a partisan statewide office.

Political observers remembered Flournoy as always willing to carry the Republican banner in difficult races. After losing to Brown in 1970, he ran for state controller in 1974 but lost the nomination.Flournoy's 1974 primary campaign was marked by seemingly intentional name confusion as he ran for the same post that was being vacated after two terms by fellow Republican Houston Flournoy, who was running for governor against Brown.,0,193286.story

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