Tea party group hires prominent black conservative Deneen Borelli to recruit minorities

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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The tea party-aligned FreedomWorks has hired prominent black conservative Deneen Borelli to help recruit minorities to the conservative grassroots movement.

The organization announced Monday that Borelli will serve as the organization’s new director of outreach.

“In her new role, Deneen will speak at events promoting FreedomWorks’ pro-liberty agenda, participate in recruiting grassroots activists — including minorities — and aggressively challenge the misleading voices of the liberal black establishment,” FreedomWorks said in a news release.

Borelli frequently appears on Fox News Channel contributor and recently wrote the book, “Blacklash: How Obama and the Left Are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation.”

FreedomWorks has fought back hard at liberal commentators and politicians who have accused tea party activists of being motivated by race in their opposition to President Obama’s policies.

In 2010, FreedomWorks launched an advertising campaign called “Diverse Tea” in response to what they called “the false allegations of racism and lack of diversity in the tea party movement.”

“If you actually take the time to get to know the people in the Tea Party movement, you see an amazing amount of diversity — not just different skin colors but people literally from all walks of life that have united around the idea that the government is too big and is spending too much money it doesn’t have,” the group’s president, Matt Kibbe, said.

FreedomWorks also played a role in the production of the Rev. C.L. Bryant’s movie, “Runaway Slave,” which promotes black conservatives while discussing how the “liberal agenda…continues to enslave black America.”

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