Arps and Scoggins resigned from the association board last year when they disagreed with Rice on a separate issue. She wanted to support President Bush when he came under fire for his administration’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina. “In terms of what we’re trying to do, encourage more blacks to look at the Republican Party, I didn’t think we could do that in an in-your-face-type way,” Scoggins said. “There were bodies floating in the street.”