Steele Backer Courts Mfume
Darlene Jackson wants Democrat Kweisi Mfume to consider supporting Republican Michael Steele for Senate, and wrote a startling open letter this morning to Mfume that she distributed to the group she heads, the Black Republican Council of Maryland.
In it, she says prominent black politicians -- including U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and state Sen. Nathaniel McFadden (D-Baltimore) -- are "walking behind the mule" by supporting Democrat Benjamin Cardin.
Here's an excerpt of her letter:
"Walking behind the mule, these Black democrats got the blues. Michael C. Dawson, in his book Behind the Mule, asserts that 'the foundation of the blues is walking behind the mule way back in slavery time.' Therefore, I submit that Cummings, McFadden and the others need not to walk behind the mule. Mfume, your hard work, extending
over four decades, got rid of all that. Now, Cummings and his 2-live crew want to return to the mule."
Jackson's group has been a longtime advocate of Steele's, and routinely writes letters encouraging its membership to get on board the Steele campaign.
Jackson's letter yesterday praised Mfume for his strong showing in the Democratic primary. In predominately African American communities, Mfume won by wide magins, and lost overall by only two percentage points. That's been encouraging to Steele aides, who believe there is a strong desire among black voters to see Maryland send an African American to the U.S. Senate this year, regardless of party affiliation.
Jackson called it a positive sign that Mfume failed to attend Cardin's rally in front of Baltimore City Hall yesterday, where Cummings, McFadden and others pledged their support for the Democrat.
Mfume's reason for missing the rally was unclear. He has hinted strongly that he will be endorsing Cardin, and Cardin said at yesterday's rally he expects Mfume to announce his support soon. But his absence yesterday was noticed.
As Jackson put it, "No one saw you in front of Baltimore City Hall yesterday, shaking hands with the contender-pretender. The truth is the Maryland Democratic Party needs you, now. But why would it risk its loyal support to anoint all white men to the November ticket? Mfume, I say take your time and do what is best for your people even if it means crossing over."
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