Scores of U.S. lawmakers are converging on tiny Selma, Alabama, for a large commemoration of a civil rights anniversary. But their ranks don’t include a single member of House Republican leadership — a point that isn’t lost on congressional black leaders.
It blows my mind that not one member of the House leadership will be there. All they have to do is show up and they win big brownie points. I’m not trying to turn what sounds like a great event into a political game show, but come on.
“It is very disappointing that not a single Republican leader sees the value in participating in this 50th commemoration of the signing of the Voting Rights Act. I had hoped that some of the leadership would attend, but apparently none of them will,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina. “The Republicans always talk about trying to change their brand and be more appealing to minority folks and be in touch with the interests of African-Americans. This is very disappointing.”
See what I mean.
CNN reported last week that top Republican congressional leaders were skipping the event. But House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) decided late Friday to join the bipartisan congressional delegation, which included over 100 House and Senate members, the largest group to travel to Alabama for the anniversary.