On May 20, 2013, the Dallas County Republican Party held its first meeting of the Battlefield Dallas project, an effort aimed at maximizing the turnout of conservative / Republican-leaning voters in Dallas County.
During the question-and-answer period, the following interchange took place between Bishop John Lawson, a Black pastor in south Dallas, and Ken Emanuelson, the guest speaker:
Bishop John Lawson: “What are the Republicans doing to get Black people to vote?”
Ken Emanuelson: “I’m going to be real honest with you. The Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they’re going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.”
Lawson: “Well, then what are you doing to get them to vote differently?”