Sacramento Black Panther Turned Preacher To Stump For Romney

A local former Black Panther turned preacher is now being embraced by Mitt Romney supporters.

As the presidential election nears, Dr. Phillip Goudeaux of Calvary Christian Center in Sacramento has been invited to speak at rallies in five of the swing states where it’s still a close race.

But CBS13 political analyst Steve Maviglio, a Democrat, says when he learned conservative black pastors from across the country have been personally invited by Romney supporters to hold rallies in critical swing states, he wasn’t surprised.

“They are getting paid to pray essentially,” Maviglio said. “I think its one of these dirty tricks by the Romney campaign.”

Goudeaux disagrees.

“I’ve been doing this before there was a Romney,” he said. “It’s the values where I stand.”

But why would this former Black Panther turned preacher support Romney when the Massachusetts governor struggles to resonate with minority voters?

“This is not a Romney thing, a Democrat or Republican, black or white,” he said. “This is about family or traditional values family. It doesn’t matter who the person is, I’m going to support the one who supports my values, which I base upon the Bible.”

Wayne Dupree

Wayne Dupree is owner and founder of He was named to the 2017 Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential African-American Republicans. He served in the USAF between 1987-1995. He saw time in Operation Desert Storm/Shield and is the father of three. He is the host of the Wayne Dupree Show.

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