In his quest to woo black Democrats to his gubernatorial campaign, Republican Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell has netted a big fish.
Blackwell's campaign announced Thursday that it has named the Rev. Floyd H. Flake, president of Wilberforce University and a former U.S. congressman from New York, as a campaign co-chairman.
Flake is also senior pastor of the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York in Queens -- a 20,000-member church that operates one of the largest private economic development corporations in the country.
Flake represented Queens, New York, as a Democrat in Congress from 1987 to 1997, where he was a leading advocate of urban revitalization and economic empowerment policies.
"I am honored and humbled by Rev. Flake's support of my gubernatorial campaign," Blackwell said in a statement released by his campaign on Thursday.
"Rev. Flake is an educator, a statesman and a national leader. He is providing our nation's oldest historically black college with principled, prudent and inspirational leadership. Rev. Flake will bring those same outstanding leadership qualities to my campaign."
In the same statement, Flake called Blackwell "the leader Ohio needs right now."
"He understands the challenges faced by institutions of higher education, he understands the importance of home ownership and he understands the power of economic opportunity," he said.
The Rev. Flake is an honorable man and this is a very helpful pick up for the Blackwell campaign.