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Quote of the Day: “1st Congressional District Result of a Coalition of Republicans and Black Democrats”

June 21st, 2012 by mopns · No Comments

 

STL American:

Amazing how forthright you can really be when you’re out of the game. Former Congressman Bill Clay gives a history lesson on the Missouri Democrat[ic]Party:

Clay said he was shocked to see Russ Carnahan challenge his son, given the role Clay Sr. and other black leaders had in the electoral success of Carnahan’s father, Mel Carnahan, in his primary campaign for U.S. Senate against Vince Schoemehl. But black Democrats fighting white Democrats over electoral turf is nothing new.

“The 1st Congressional District was the result of a coalition of Republicans and black Democrats. The Democratic Party opposed us. It took the Republicans in the state House and Senate and about nine white Democrats from southeast Missouri to override the majority Democrat leadership and establish the 1st Congressional District…..This is typical of Democrats down through history,” Clay said, with every U.S. Census occasioning another battle with white Democrats to preserve the 1st Congressional District.”

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