House Dem snipes that blacks used a vote ‘we fought for to save … a white senator’

Conservative activists and tea party groups throughout the country might have been unhappy with Tuesday’s Senate Republican primary runoff that saw thousands of Democrats crossing party lines to choose incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran as a GOP candidate, but longtime Democrat seat-warmer Eleanor Holmes Norton apparently wasn’t happy about it either.

collageeleanorholmesnortonthadcochran0629Norton is the delegate who represents the District of Columbia in the U.S. House of Representatives.  She is a “non-voting” delegate because the District  really has no representation in Congress – by design of the Founders – so she really has no responsibility at all, other than to collect the $174,000 salary she’s paid for doing nothing.

But when she’s not making a six-figure income for parading around the House, Norton can make headline with Twitter posts like this one — that seemed to criticize Mississippi blacks for having the temerity to vote their won economic interests by supporting a white Republican.

Here’s what Norton, a civil rights movement veteran, had to say.

Whatever Norton intended literally, the words don’t leave a warm impression. The Twitter blowback was fierce and visceral:

Some Twitter users made the same points without the vitriol, pointing out for instance that Cochran’s opponent in the primary was also white.

Not only are McDaniel and Cochran white, so is virtually the entire United States Senate, including all but two of  the 53 Democrats in the Senate. Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina is also black, it it’s doubtful he counts to Norton. Norton’s comment did bring out some bitter humor along with the bile, though.

Maybe this guy doesn’t know what Norton does to “earn” her paycheck.

She might just drink out of boredom — immensely well paid boredom.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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