And he appears to understand exactly why he was chosen:
The N.C. Republican Party has elected Hasan Harnett as its new chairman Saturday, naming a successor to Claude Pope.
Harnett, of Concord, served as campaign manager for GOP Congressional candidate Vince Coakley last year. Coakley lost to Democrat Alma Adams in a strongly Democratic district. Harnett, who is black, says he can expand the GOP’s appeal to minorities.
You know, that in itself is an insult to the African-American community. It's policies, not personalities, that have kept them voting Democratic for all these years. The only way the GOP can make substantial inroads into that voting demographic is to change its ways radically, and that's just not going to happen.