Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Republicans Choose Talent to Lobby Minorities

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Republicans Choose Talent to Lobby Minorities

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House Republican leaders have named Rep. James M. Talent, R-Mo., to head the party's efforts to reach out to minorities in connection with the Contract with America and the rest of the GOP agenda.

In a letter to Republicans last week, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., and Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, said Talent and Rep. J.C. Watts, R-Okla., would work with minority groups "to help us reach our goal of renewing the American Dream for all Americans."

Talent said getting minority support for his party's legislative efforts was "long overdue."

He said he wanted to open the lines of communications with blacks and other minorities to assess the impact of the contract on them, and to suggest changes in future legislation.

He said he thought black Americans would support many of the Republican proposals in the contract, such as welfare reform. Another example that he intends to pursue as chairman of a House small-business subcommittee is the reduction of government red tape, which he said could help minority-owned businesses to bloom.

He has enlisted E. Lance McCarthy, a St. Louis business consultant, to help him in that effort.

McCarthy was in Washington last week to promote a "Contract with Black America," proposed by Project 21, a conservative black group. Talent is the only congressman to sign on to the proposal and has promised to help get support for it from other members. …

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