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The Republican National Committee has picked Michael Steele, a black man from a traditionally Democratic state, to be the new face of the party as the GOP forges a revival following a second straight electoral drubbing.
At the candidates' only televised debate in late September, there were reports that Townsend supporters passed out Oreo cookies to represent Steele, joking he was black on the outside but white in the middle.
Paulson denied the incident happened and said the only documented accusation came from Ehrlich spokesman Paul Schurick.
Steele, however, said an Oreo cookie rolled to his feet during the debate.
"What we have now is a situation where people don't know history," Rev. John Heath said. "It was the Democrats who kept Jim Crow laws. Every advancement African- Americans have made, a Republican had to be there to help."