POMPANO BEACH — The Rev. O’Neal Dozier, outspoken Republican and Tea Party supporter, has launched a new political organization, The Voting Majority Network. Dozier, who serves as the senior pastor of The Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach, announced the birth of the organization at a news conference at his church on Jan. 17.
He planned to call his group the Alegiant Party but changed his mind, saying the word “party” would turn off people.
He describes it as “not like the Tea Party. We are not advocating for Democrats, Republicans or Independents but for God, the Constitution and the American people who want to live in a free country.”
The group was organized because “we want influence over the political process,” Dozier said, adding that both Democrats and Republicans are “fed up with Congress and President Barack Obama, even those who voted for him.”
Dozier also cited corrupt politicians and American institutions that have “brought our nation to the brink of bankruptcy and are destroying the fabric of this country,” as reasons for the group’s creation.
“Many Americans are ignoring the dangers we face but, to those who can, our network may be one part of an overall movement to help save our nation from tyranny,” he said.
The American people are losing their freedom because, he said, “we have gotten too far from God.”
“If enough people join our network, we will then have influence when we approach the politicians. We’ll get things right, set things straight, do something to save our nation,” he said.
Dozier, who made news when he openly opposed the presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney because of Romney’s Mormon faith, did not disclose the names of the people or organizations behind the group or their number.
He said they are “black pastors, attorneys, and concerned citizens of this great country.”
With blacks involved in the organization of the network, it would “not resemble the Tea Party,” he said.
The group is under the umbrella of National Allegiance USA, of which Dozier serves as president and CEO.
Mae Cummings of Pompano Beach agrees with Dozier that Americans are “undergoing rough times spiritually and financially.”
But Cummings said she fails to see how “yet another party” is the answer.
Because the majority of the voters are members of the (Democrat or Republican) parties, “that only makes the voices even smaller,” Cummings said.
“I don’t know who the people are behind it and, if they don’t want to be known, how can they be trusted? It feels wrong, negative, as if these people are hiding behind the church,” Cummings said. “Sounds like a whole lot of malarkey.”
The network’s supporters are in small numbers, said Dozier, who serves as its committee chairman.
He said members are scattered throughout California, New York, Atlanta, South Florida and a few other places. But the numbers of supporters are gaining momentum, he said, adding, “and we expect it to be big.”
Cynthia Roby may be reached at CynthiaRoby@bellsouth.net