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It's Hard Out There For A Black Candidate At CPAC

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I asked Williams if that happened a lot.

"Not really," he told me. "A lot of people think I'm a waiter."

Williams blamed the confusion on his trademark bowtie, which -- like a lot of conservatives -- he wears all the time, and wears well.

A friend with him said that on more than one occasion, people had asked him to get them a drink.

"I think it's really because of the bowtie," Williams explained.

Confusion over who is and who isn't a waiter is certainly not limited to CPAC, or to conservatives in general.

But Cain and Williams, along with Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who'll be delivering the keynote address this afternoon, are pretty much the only black elected officials in attendance. It's at least a little striking that people here get the men confused or think they work here.

Update: ABC News' Michael Falcone tweeted today that West has also been confused for Herman Cain at CPAC.

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