lisafritsch-3.bioWhile the media’s been talking about Democrat Wendy Davis’ bid to become Texas’ next female governor, Republican candidate Lisa Fritsch has also been making her appeal to voters.

As her campaign ad states, Fritsch is “not your father’s conservative.”  Along with being the first Black woman to run for the governorship of Texas, she’s also writer and radio host who fell in love with conservatisms after a conversation with her mother.

Fritsch explains:

I unwittingly became a Republican in the front seat of my mom’s gray Vega on the way to school, when I asked her to quit her third job at Piggly Wiggly. I was already different: being one of the few kids in my neighborhood being raised by a young and now single mother. I dressed plain and my arms were always longer than my sleeves. I’d overheard her talking to a friend who told her to apply for food stamps and public assistance to make ends meet. She appeared to listen and take it in but kept returning to her job at Piggly Wiggly.

When I finally worked up the nerve to ask her to quit the job, and go on public assistance as I’d heard someone urge her, I was unprepared for the day that would transform me and set my future in motion. The Vega stopped, and not too kindly my mother said “I would rather us starve, than do go down a road of victimization that might rob you of dignity the rest of your life.” I was transformed in this moment. I didn’t know it at the time, but that would make me a Republican and a conservative advocate.

Fritsch, a member of the Tea Party, has spent her career working to advance conservative principles because she feels they are the “best way to lift people out of dependency.”

She sees abortion as both a moral and financial issue, noting, “that Planned Parenthood is not in” affluent neighborhoods, but rather “where most of the blacks and Hispanics live. It’s an economic issue.” And she feels her party has done a poor job spreading its message to minority voters. “It started to weigh heavily on me that I was not hearing the voices I want to hear in my party,” she said of her decision to run for Texas’ top office. “I support our values. I believe in them, but, as a person who supports those ideals, I wasn’t hearing my voice being heard.”

Fritsch also supports immigration reform, has said she will consider expanding Medicaid if elected, but supports a ban on gay marriage.

Texans head to the polls today, and Fritsch is not expected to beat current Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Despite her chances, Fritsch hopes to garner enough votes to force Abbott into a runoff for the Republican nomination and hopes to change how GOP candidates appeal to voters.

“If conservatives want to, as Margaret Thatcher said, ‘win the argument and win the vote,’ we’ve got to be the party that shows up at these clinics not with signs but with blankets and love,” she said. “At the end of the day our point is to be the party that returns to ‘hope, faith and charity.’”

  • 1Love

    This sellout lost the primary … Next story.

  • Vag Owner (@ProudVagOwner)

    i hate how black conservatives always feel the need to stress they aren’t like the other negros and don’t rely on government assistance or affirmative action. even condi rice stressed how she believed in hard work and not affirmative action

    we get it already.

  • Neeka

    People love to rant about teen pregnancy and abstinence but forget to mention that 1/3 Of girls will raped before the age of 18 and 60% of pregnant teens have a prior history of molestation,fondling etc.

  • Rastaman

    Blacks and every other minority group in this country have no choice but to depend on the government because our most basic right to exist as free human beings is only guaranteed by the federal government and no one else. If you doubt me, then look no further than the history books to see what happens to us when the federal government is not guaranteeing our rights. As for social programs they have only become an issue for right wingers once they became accessible to minorities. Since them they have been demonized as the source of all social ills which anyone who reads knows is a BIG LIE. America has a racism problem and trying to dance around it and pretend like it does not affect every aspect of being black in America is the sort of willful ignorance that is of no benefit individually or as a community. Black folks do not deserve anymore than anyone else but a fair opportunity to succeed. There are too many that think a fair opportunity is too much and they generally ascribe to Republican viewpoints.
    If you make a black person head of the Klan it does not change the nature of the organization!!

  • Ray

    What has the Democratic Party done for blacks? Where is that pie in the sky that the Democratic Party promises? Our sons are dispropotionately jailed Our daughters have disproportionate number of abortions again where is that pie in the sky? Our children are the least educated what has the Democratic Party done for us? Where did the black community of the pre late 60s go? People speak of black conservatives being sell outs but people don’t realize that the modern comercialized media created black culture; is not the black culture of our (great) fore parents we as a black people where not a dependent people and family was the center of life.

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