Kris Crawford (R-SC): ” It is Good Politics to Oppose the Black Guy in the White House”

By Tim Peacock

Kris Crawford
Rep. Kris Crawford

When he spoke to the Charleston Regional Business Journal in January, South Carolina Republican state House Representative Kris Crawford probably didn’t think much of it when he said, “The politics are going to overwhelm the policy. It is good politics to oppose the black guy in the White House right now, especially for the Republican Party.” He’s learning an important lesson about politics this week – mainly, even if the mainstream media originally misses your egregious, inappropriate comments when they happen, they’ll dig it up eventually. 

The remark came during a discussion about ACA Medicaid expansion in South Carolina, and how Republicans would probably oppose the expansion on principle since President Obama supported it – even if it meant harming thousands of their constituents. 
Part of the reason Crawford’s remarks have resurfaced this week is the actual vote on the expansion he discussed several weeks back. As expected, the expansion failed after the vote split along party lines. And even though Crawford – who happens to be an emergency room doctor – originally supported the expansion that would help half a million South Carolina citizens, he ended up voting with his fellow Republicans against the legislation. I suppose it was just good politics.

About Tim Peacock:
For virtually his entire life, Tim has been writing. Over the years he’s dabbled in mainstream fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and personal essays. The one consistent thread through his entire writing career has been blogging – he’s been doing it since 1997 in one form or another. In creating Peacock Panache, he’s combined two of his favorite hobbies: blogging and current events/politics. When not working here, Tim toils away at editing & rewriting the novels he’s completed over the years. You can read samples of his other work here.

You can find Tim elsewhere online at his personal website. You can also find him on LinkedIn as well as on Twitter as @timsimms

Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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