In a 2007 survey asking to name the most respected black leader, many South Floridians named Martin Luther King, Jr. or Condoleeza Rice. But Broward Republican Executive Committee (BREC) chair candidate Levi G. Williams, Jr. had different choices. “I don’t know if I have any single black leader,’’ said attorney Levi Williams. “But I respect Bill Cosby for standing up and sticking to it.’’
Williams responded to an informal survey of South Florida black residents by Gregory Lewis, columnist with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Williams had another choice for Lewis. “Magic Johnson because he is saying, we can rejuvenate and revitalize our community,’’ Williams said.
Lewis said Cosby was named as often as the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Last week, REDBROWARD exposed Williams’ role as regional director for the Florida chapter of Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. Williams escorted the Rev. Jesse Jackson to a Broward event where Jackson criticized law enforcement officers. The Sun-Sentinel reported Williams escorted Jackson to the 2000 Florida Conference on Diversity and Disparity, an event organized by U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings. Jackson made “remarks about police hiding behind their badges at a news conference before he addressed the audience.”
Of course Williams had no idea about the current scandal swirling around Bill Cosby. Numerous women have accused Cosby of sexual assaults dating back to the 1960s. Cosby just resigned his position with Temple University.
But, BREC requires serious leaders. The Broward GOP needs a chairperson who can name real leaders not just comedians and basketball players.