Two weeks ago, the traditionally heated politics of Kentucky nearly exploded as the Republican nominee for state attorney general (who happens to be black) was branded by a civil rights lawyer as a traitor to his race and warned to "stop eating the 'Coon Flakes' the White House is serving."
That Republican is Daniel Cameron, 33 — a onetime legal counsel to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, and a candidate who had a private meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office earlier this month.
The incendiary language deployed against him came from Dawn Elliott, civil rights attorney and radio talk show host. Along with her admonition about "Coon Flakes" to Cameron, Elliott blasted the Republican hopeful on Twitter by noting Trump "supports voter suppression and hates people of color."
"The president is not racist — I assure you of this!" Cameron told Newsmax on Thursday.
The Republican candidate recalled how Trump's office communicated with his staff about the president wanting to meet him. A few weeks ago, Cameron told us, "I found myself in the Oval Office talking to the president. He asked if I agreed with him about the sanctity of life, the need to stop socialism in the U.S., and to stop illegal immigration."
They definitely agreed on all of those points, he said, and Trump later tweeted out a strong endorsement of the attorney general hopeful.
"And the president is fighting hard against folks trying to move the country in a leftward way," Cameron emphasized. "I respect him for doing so."
First time office-seeker Cameron is locked in a tight contest with liberal Democrat Greg Stumbo. At 68, Stumbo held the office of attorney general from 2004-08, served as majority leader and speaker of the House, and was ousted from his state House seat in 2016 — leading Republican Gov. Matt Bevins to exclaim "Good riddance!"
Whether it is his support of driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, his pro-choice stand, or his recent contribution to Joe Biden's presidential campaign, Stumbo is almost always the polar opposite of the conservative Cameron.
Recalling the old joke that "A.G." stands for "Aspiring Governor," Cameron told us, "after the last three attorneys general ran for something else after one term, I'm not interested in injecting the office into every political and legislative issue but to restoring it to what it was — Kentucky's top law enforcement office."
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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