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Fauntroy Speaks on Vote and the "Four Too's."

Rev. Walter E. Fauntroy, the city's first non-voting delegate, said he had to "dampen the joy with the truth" today when commenting on the Senate vote.

"It's a little closer to a vote in the House as we make our way to full representation," he said.

Fauntroy said he remains a supporter of full voting rights, which means two senators. "That is the ultimate goal so we would be treated no different than any other citizen of the United States of America," he said. "We must be vigilant."

The House seat shows that public sentiment is changing, but Fauntroy said he wondered if it will change enough to get full representation. "There are many of us that believe that District of Columbia residents are denied their full voting rights and self-determination because of the four too's - too urban, too Democratic, too liberal and too black," Fauntroy said.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  February 25, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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