In November, Mike Nifong was elected, even though he failed to capture a majority of the vote. The key to his victory: near-monolithic support from African-Americans. Though he won only 49 percent of the overall vote, Nifong secured between 90 and 95 percent of the black vote.
An important article in this morning’s Newsday suggests that Nifong’s political base has all but completely crumbled. In a recent visit to
William Ragland, 76, a retired Durham Housing Authority maintenance supervisor: “I was shocked by how Mr. Nifong did the whole thing. It was a cover-up. He had evidence that these boys did not rape her” and withheld it.
Tiffany Reade, 30, told Mallia that she believed Nifong used the case to get the black vote: “I would never vote for him again.”
Michael Crump, 23, noted that victims of prosecutorial misconduct who are poor often lack the resources to expose it: “Them behind Duke, they got money, and they did the right thing fighting back against what she said happened.”
Reginald Brown, 18: “I don’t know what those guys did, but she said one thing, then another, changing her story. And the DA didn’t do right by them. There should be a price for that [for Nifong].”
Perhaps most significantly, the Mallia article reveals that Nifong has lost what had been the “wholehearted support” of Floyd McKissick, chairman of the Durham Democratic Party. Echoing Jim Coleman’s comments to 60 Minutes, McKissick contended, “The African-American community of
At this stage, who, exactly, does Nifong have left?
- Friends and family of the accuser, the only people Mallia could find who had good things to say about Nifong.
- The Troika (wife Cy Gurney, citizens’ committee co-chair Victoria Peterson, chief investigator Linwood Wilson).
- The Herald-Sun and the New York Times.
- The Group of 88, minus Arlie Petters.
- The leadership of the state NAACP, including “case monitor” Irving Joyner.
Hardly a frightening coalition.
The Mallia article demonstrates that average voters in