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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Chain of Change for Congressional Black Caucus, with John Lewis Leading The Way

In a recent post, I wrote: Black SuperDelegates: If your voting constituency in your district overwhelmingly voted for Barrack Obama, you owe it to your voting constituency to vote for Barack Obama at the National Convention. We know who you endorsed. Have no doubt we are watching you! PS: White and Latino SuperDelegates representing black constituencies should do the same. We know who you are too. You will be held politically accountable for your actions.

See him John Lewis - above- with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on Oct. 12, 2007, the day he endorsed her in the Democratic presidential race.

Well, well, according to The New York Times, and The Washington Post Some Black Lawmakers are rethinking thier Hillary endorsements, including Representative John Lewis of Georgia.

John Lewis an elder statesman from the civil rights era and one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most prominent black supporters, said Thursday night that he planned to cast his vote as a superdelegate for Senator Barack Obama in hopes of preventing a fight at the Democratic convention.

Jay Carson, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, said Thursday: “Congressman Lewis is a true American hero, and we have the utmost respect for him and understand the great pressure he faced. And Senator Clinton enjoys incredibly strong support from superdelegates around the country from all regions and races.”

AAPP: Hillary Interpretation - I don't need his endorsement anymore, it didn't work anyway. His constituents did not even listen to him or any of those folks at Congressional Black Caucus members.

AAPP: I wondered why John Lewis would go for Hillary Clinton. I also wondered why Maxine Waters would go for Hillary as well. So the chickens are coming home to roost. I salute John Lewis for following his constituents recent vote. It was also politically wise. No matter how great a politician, one may be, people never forget, when you stand against them. may that is why so many Congressional Black Caucus members need to be held accountable.

As an example as noted in the Washington Post Obama won Rep. Corrine Brown's northern Florida district by nearly 2 to 1, despite not campaigning for the state's primary because Democratic Party rules barred active participation in the unsanctioned contest. But Brown traveled to Wisconsin yesterday to campaign for Clinton, whom she endorsed in June.

"I have no stress whatsoever," Brown said. Other CBC colleagues, she said, "want to support the person because he's African American. But as Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Judge me by the content of my character, not the color of my skin.' " Brown said she is not concerned about the possibility that her constituents might seek to punish her for the decision. "People know I'm going to do what I think is right," she said.

AAPP: Maybe Corrine Brown needs to follow the footsteps of of Al Wynn. You see Al Wynn was not concerned about the possibility that his constituents might seek to punish him for his decision making either (although he supports Obama in this case).

AAPP: People knew Al Wynn was going to do what he thought was right too." I guess the Chicken shit Congressonal Black Caucus is doing what Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), said in a recent WaPo article. They are waiting for Obama to win the primary.

Obama needs to continue to rack up wins through March 4 contests in Ohio and Texas before a large number of black lawmakers who back Clinton will switch sides, Clyburn said. "After that, if current trends hold, then you'll see movement," he predicted.

AAPP: Yes and black folks need to start planning to run candidates against the old guard Congressional Black Caucus members who doubt the possibility that their constituents might seek to punish them for the decision made against the will of their constituents.

African-American Endorsement Tracker

H/T Source: Black Politics on The Web

Members of Congressional Black Caucus

Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Corrine Brown (FL) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (NC) - Sen. Barack Obama (switched from Edwards)
Rep. Donna Marie Christian-Christensen (US-VI) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (NY) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. William Lacy Clay, Jr. (MO) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Jim Clyburn (SC) - uncommitted
Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (MI) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Artur Davis (AL) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Danny K. Davis (IL) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Keith Ellison (MN) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Chaka Fattah (PA) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Al Green (TX) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. William Jefferson (LA) - unknown
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX) - Sen. Barack Obama (switched from Edwards)
Rep. Hank Johnson (GA) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (OH) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI) - uncommitted
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. John Lewis (GA) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Kendrick Meek (FL) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (NY) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Gwen Moore (WI) - Sen. Barack Obama
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Donald Payne (NJ) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (NY) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Laura Richardson (CA) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Bobby Rush (IL) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Bobby Scott (VA) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. David Scott (GA) - Sen. Barack Obama (switched from Clinton)
Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS) - Sen. Barack Obama
Rep. Edolphus Towns (NY) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Maxine Waters (CA) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Diane Watson (CA) - Sen. Hillary Clinton
Rep. Mel Watt (NC)- Sen. John Edwards
Rep. Albert Wynn (MD) - Sen. Barack Obama

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