As we have been aware of for some time, though little reported in the news except for anecdotes here and there, a soft rumbling under the covers of black Americans who feel disenfranchised by President Obama. His lack of concern for all Americans, his weak moral values, his unhelpful policies for the working poor, his race-baiting rhetoric, have awakened the black heart. And here it is revealed in the heart of Kentucky by Jenean Hampton and the new governor of Kentucky.

4. Kentucky elects its first black American

3. A wonderful voice for Kentuckians

Via Washington Post Jenean Hampton is the first African American to be elected to statewide office in Kentucky. And she’s just one of a handful of black women on the national level to identify with the tea party movement.

Nonpolitical résumé: Hampton told the Courier-Journal’s Phillip M. Bailey those early years made her vow she’d never live a life in poverty. She resisted the pull of Detroit’s car industry and joined the U.S. Air Force, where she spent seven years writing code and managing software like the radar used to find enemy planes in Operation Desert Storm, where she was deployed. She then spent 19 years in the corrugated packing industry.

Political résumé: Not much. In 2014, Hampton ran for her first political office when she challenged the longest-continually serving state representative in Kentucky history, a Democrat. “Sometimes you’re screaming at the TV, you see things that need to be improved, and you’re screaming that someone needs do something, well sometimes that someone is you.”

Hampton campaigned around the state as “I’m just Jenean,” emphasizing her Baptist roots.

Hampton says her guiding light is constitutionally limited government, and she told Bailey that when trying to climb out of inner-city Detroit, she felt government and friends and family around her were rooting for her to fail:

“A huge part of what formed my opinions was the peer pressure that I got to fail,” she said. “These were kids who questioned my good grades, questioned the way I spoke, questioned my choice in music and the fact that I was reading all the time. I just remember wondering, ‘Well, jeez, when do I get to just be Jenean with my own likes and dislikes?’ ” Via washingtonpost.com

 

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