Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland Wins The Steve Lyons Award for Excellence in Racism

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland accepted a Steve Lyons Award for Excellence in Racism at a press conference today. Hoyer won the award after stating that Michael Steele, a Maryland African-American Senate candidate "slavishly" supported the Republican Party.

"a career of slavishly supporting the Republican Party,"
-Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland
The setting of this statement is also worth noting since he was speaking to a group of mainly African-Americans.

Hoyer tried to spin and blame Michael Steele for the racist statements made by himself by stating "If Mr. Steele did in fact take offense, let me assure him that none was intended," Hoyer said. "But Mr. Steele continuously tries to divert attention from the fact that he is an unwavering supporter of the Republican agenda and of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.""

Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland stopped short of donning blackface and chucking Oreos at a burning effigy of Steele.

Racist comments are nothing new to Hoyer, who called Steele a "token" candidate back in 2002.

(Source - CNN)