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African-American firsts in the Fla. Legislature, and Jennifer Carroll

Your faithful Naked Politics contributor dropped a word while editing our story today on Jennifer Carroll's resignation. Carroll was not the first African-American Republican member of the Florida Legislature when she was elected in 2003. She was the first female African-American Republican member.

Several African-American Republicans, of course, were elected to the Legislature during the Reconstruction Era. We've updated our story to account for the change.

But, we wondered: Was Carroll the first African-American GOP lawmaker post-Reconstruction, or Reconstruction Era?

No, it turns out.

John Plummer, a Miami African-American Republican, served one term in the Florida House from 1980-82. Interestingly, Plummer’s election appears to be a fluke. According to the Florida Handbook, Plummer avoided photographs and interviews during his campaign and there was voter confusion with another Plummer, who was a white Democrat and member of the House.

Florida shenanigans ...

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Absent Leader

Where is Lenny Curry?

William E. Foote

John Plummer used his "famous name" and won the fluke election....it was the basis for the Eddie Murphy starring movie "Distinquished Gentleman", where an unkown African-American wins an election based on him sharing the same last name of a better known politician!

Otherwise go back to Reconstruction for Black Republicans!

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