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Gwen Moore Suppresses Her Own Vote

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...and disenfranchises all of her constituents because she just couldn't get herself to  the House floor on time to vote on the debt ceiling deal. (This is especially ironic given Moore's longstanding penchant for theatrics on the issue of voter suppression, etc.) Her spokesman says she intended to vote yes, but is he lying? Listener Bruce has a number of observations:

Congresswoman Gwen Moore’s spokesperson, David Frey, is flat-out lying about his boss arriving “seconds too late” to cast a vote on the debt ceiling deal.

This was published yesterday at the blog of a reporter who reports almost exclusively on the actions of the Congressional Black Caucus:

“Some CBC [Congressional Black Caucus] Members Will “Abstain” and Vote “Late” on Debt Deal. Many members of the CBC will vote late tonight and wait until they know their votes either “matter” or don’t “matter” for tonight’s debt ceiling vote. The vote is expected to pass. Many CBC members are expected to vote yes. They include Reps. Jim Clyburn, Chaka Fattah and Hank Johnson. Others will vote NO. They include Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr, Bobby Scott, and Barbara Lee.”


Today, the very same reporter published this at another site she writes for:


“This is a slow road to disaster,” said Rep. Maxine Waters of Los Angeles. “We’re screwed,” said Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin. “The ransom that we’ve had to pay is enormous,” Rep. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina said. “I don’t want to be taken hostage like this again,” Butterfield added.

Obama Administration advisor Valerie Jarrett and House Assistant Leader Jim Clyburn have taken to the phones. They are in a push to convince black press the deal to raise the debt ceiling fashioned by President Obama with Congressional Republicans won’t hurt the black community. Vice President Joe Biden spent much of his time on Capitol Hill speaking with House members yesterday. Regardless of his efforts, most members of the Congressional Black Caucus saw things differently and cast their vote against the debt ceiling deal.

There are 41 black members of Congress who voted on the debt ceiling deal. Twenty-seven of them voted against it. The day before the vote, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver said of the deal, “is a sugar-coated satan sandwich. If you lift the bun, you will not like what you see.”



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