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Why Barrow’s not sweating black critics for Holder contempt vote

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The last white Congressional Democrat from the deep south has drawn the ire of the dean of the civil rights movement for green lighting contempt charges against the U.S. Attorney General Eric Hold.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a former top lieutenant to Martin Luther King, Jr., sternly rapped U.S. Rep. John Barrow this week for his decision to support a censure of the attorney general.

That vote, Lowery said, was a betrayal of his party and president.

“I told him, ‘You are a Republican hiding in Democrat’s clothing,’” Lowery told the Associated Press in Savannah. “He doesn’t count in the Democratic column. He might as well go on and be a Republican.”

The last remaining white Democrat in in the deep south, Barrow’s vote Thursday for the Republican-sponsored resolution not only pitted him against national Democrats but also fellow his Georgia Democratic pols.

The Congressional Black Caucus, to which the entirety of the state’s Democratic caucus save for the Augusta congressman belongs, organized a symbolic protest in which a full 110 Democrats left the chamber during the proceedings.

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Offending blacks in a state in which they represent an estimated 30 percent of eligible voters is certainly a liability.

But there are worse barbs a blue dog like Barrow, standing for reelection in a district made recently more conservative by GOP mapmakers, could weather than “Republican.”

- James Richardson

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