WASHINGTON—A Black Home Republican is being blocked from becoming a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, The Black Chronicle has realized.
The congressman being blocked is considered one of two Black Republicans within the Home of Representatives.
U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds (Rep., Fla.) and his employees have reached out to members of the caucus a number of instances, however Congressman Donalds’ spokesman Harrison Fields mentioned in an announcement that “all we’ve received is the chilly shoulder.”
A supply mentioned the caucus was blocking the Florida congressman’s membership.
A Donalds spokesman mentioned the congressman is being turned away due to his social gathering affiliation.
“The unhappy actuality is though the congressman and people within the caucus share the identical race, the ‘R’ behind his identify disqualifies him from membership as we speak,” Mr. Fields mentioned.
A spokesman for the caucus didn’t reply on to the allegation that the caucus is obstructing Congressman Donalds from becoming a member of however mentioned in an announcement that the group “stays dedicated to preventing for points that assist Black communities, together with the police accountability invoice, defending voting rights and a jobs invoice that helps our communities.”
“We’ll work with those that share our values and priorities for the constituents we serve,” the caucus spokesman added.
A Donalds spokesman pointed to his bipartisan efforts in Congress and willingness to have interaction with the caucus. Mr. Fields mentioned Donalds had joined the Black caucus in Florida when he served within the Florida Home and that his “intention as a congressman is similar.”
The caucus has no Republican members, however different Republican lawmakers have joined previously.
U.S. Rep. Burgess Owens (Rep., Utah), the one different Black Republican presently serving within the Home, mentioned throughout his marketing campaign that he didn’t plan to affix the caucus.
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