Gloreatha “Glo” Scurry-Smith, an African American seeking the Republican nomination for a House seat in Florida, was the target of vandals recently who used spray painted to turn the Black woman’s face white on a campaign poster, according to National Review Online.
Scurry-Smith, who is a seeking the GOP nod in the Aug. 26 primary to challenge Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) for the state’s fifth congressional district in the fall, said, “We expect signs to be tampered with or stolen, but not to this extent.”
“Throughout this entire incident, I go back to Martin Luther King’s comment that ‘we look forward to a time when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,'” she told National ReviewOnline.
On her Facebook page, the candidate said: “Please know that I do not know who did this, nor am I concerned with pointing fingers. It is important that we forgive and move on regardless of the person’s reason for doing this. My desire was to bring awareness, and hopeful make one think before doing something like this again.”
“I was shocked by this,”Thuy Lowe, her primary opponent, told National Review Online. “There have been some comments out there that this may have been caused by bigotry. This is a message that she is an African American woman who is a Republican and therefore has a White point of view.”
Brown, the incumbent, said she is unconcerned. “To be talking about signs is ludicrous to me. And whatever happened was unfortunate, but I do not personally believe in campaigning months in advance,” Brown told WTEV 47.