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GOP African American, Rep.-Elect Tim Scott, Won't Join Black Caucus

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Rep.-elect Tim Scott, one of two black Republicans elected to the House in November, has decided not to join the all-Democratic Congressional Black Caucus, a reliably liberal voting bloc.

Scott, the first African American congressman from South Carolina since Reconstruction, played down race during his campaign, the AP said. "My campaign was about themes that unite all Americans -- restoring the American dream by reducing the tax burden, decreasing government interference in the private sector, and restoring fiscal responsibility," Scott said in a statement. "And I don't think those ideals are advanced by focusing on one group of people."

Rep.-elect Tim Scott, Republican of South CarolinaA second newly elected Republican African American, Allen West of Florida, has been critical of the Black Caucus' "monolithic" view, but says he intends to join in the hope of offering a different perspective.

The 42-member caucus has had two Republican members since its founding four decades ago. It has consistently backed generous spending on social programs and an activist federal government. West says he will try to steer the group away from "failing liberal social welfare policies."
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sprofc

He has a right not to join,but each day he should look in the mirror and understand he is a Black man first and a Republican 2nd.
A lot of people died and were beat for the right to vote so someday a person such as himself could be elected.I was in the civil rights lines as a child scared to death I would be killed or beat.To see a Tim Scott turn his back on all those whom diedso he could me in Congress makes me sick.However as stated above it is his right to keep his distance.When the bigots from the Tea Party spit on him and call him the "N" word as was done to another Black Congressman last spring don't ask for any help from the Black Caucus.

January 16 2011 at 7:02 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
dfra300

He's a fool who thinks that not joining the CBC make him special. Well someone needs to let him know that nothing will change.

January 15 2011 at 11:58 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
geralde305

time and accomplishments will be the ultimate test...enough of the talking...

December 04 2010 at 10:28 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dolfin1943

My Lord, finally someone who wants what is best for all America. This has been nothing but a divide and a full blown exclusive social club.

December 04 2010 at 8:43 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Capps1940

I applaud Rep.Scott's decision. The time for division between races, and any group of people at the expense of all is way past.

December 04 2010 at 7:05 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dice6060

Should it not be the"African American Caucus"

December 04 2010 at 6:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ray

The caucus is better off without either of them.

December 04 2010 at 5:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
druid0621

Good for him. Finally, someone is willing to think for himself.

December 03 2010 at 12:44 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to druid0621's comment
Rogell

Couldn't agree more with you druid0621.

December 03 2010 at 9:57 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
liberallizz

Think for himself? No he is responding to the 99.99% white Republican party (House of Representatives) that that he affiliates himself with--he does not join because they would not approve or support him if he did.

Btw why is it considered "thinking for yourself" when a Black guys does not act in accordance with Black organizations but it is "Independence" when a white guy does?

January 16 2011 at 9:56 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
stelci

It is organizations like the Black Caucus that keep racism alive. We are beyond any special interest needs. I applaud Congressman Scott's decision. The leaders need to abandon the group think menality.

December 02 2010 at 3:07 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
ettu

Both men seem to have their heads on straight........we need more like them in our State and Fed Legislatures.

December 02 2010 at 2:53 PM Report abuse +17 rate up rate down Reply

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