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RNC Hires Deputy Director for African American Engagement

The Republican National Committee has hired Ayshia Connors to be their new Deputy Director of African American Political Engagement. Connors starts Tuesday. She would serve as Deputy to Ashley Bell, who is the RNC's National Director for African American Engagement.

Image: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks with homeowner Felicia Reese and Dr. Ben Carson in front of Carson's childhood home in Detroit
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (C) speaks with homeowner Felicia Reese (L) and Dr. Ben Carson in front of Carson's childhood home in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., September 3, 2016. CARLO ALLEGRI / Reuters

Connors was also the former Chair of the Black Republican Congressional Staff Association on Capitol Hill as well as the co-founder of the Young Professionals for Rand Paul for 8 months from July 2015 to February 2016.

According to her LinkedIn page, Connors served as a legislative correspondent, a relatively low staff position, for Georgia Republican Rep. Rob Woodall from October 2015 to this month. Before that, Connors was a staff assistant in the office of House Congresswoman Mia Love (R-Utah) and an intern for Senator Tim Scott (R-SC).

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With less than five weeks left in the campaign, this latest RNC hire is likely an attempt to connect the party with African American voters. The RNC is attempting to mount a push to win the attention of Black voters on college campuses.

Sources at the RNC have said for months that Chairman Reince Priebus is committed to connecting with African American voters. But the campaign of their presidential nominee Donald Trump has complicated the effort with talk of "law and order" and violence in Black communities.

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Polls would indicate their effort is an uphill climb as several during the campaign indicate that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has less than 2 percent of African American vote support.

Recent polls have shown Trump polling at zero in the cities of Detroit and Philadelphia.

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