My Tribute to Corrine Brown Who Has Been Fighting for the Vote Since 2000 and (Is Fighting) Update: FOUGHT for Hillary Clinton Today UPDATE 2: State Senator Athenia Joyner, not Brown Represented HRC

I keep going back to the 2000 election debacle and the horror show in Florida. But one person, besides Gore, really has stuck in my mind ever since then, and that is Rep. Corrine Brown, FL-3rd District. I remember her speaking, begging for one member of the Senate to agree to challenge the vote. She was one of the most outspoken members of the Black Caucus, which walked out in protest the day the electoral college votes were counted. From the CNN transcript of that day’s events:

Chris Black: The Electoral College vote took more than twice as long as it should have, largely because of a protest staged by the Congressional Black Caucus, but in the end the results were exactly as we expected, 271 votes for George W. Bush, the governor of Texas, one more than needed, the 270 needed to be elected president, and 266 for the vice president.

…And obviously when Florida came, more than a dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus tried to object. They did not, however, have a single member of the Senate, as is required by law, so those objections could not be sustained, it could not be heard.

They walked out in protest. They were trying to debate this. They said that they believed that the votes in Florida were fraudulent, that African-Americans in particular were disenfranchised. But their protest was in vain. George Bush is now the president.

This morning Corinne is scheduled to speak on behalf of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic Rules and Bylaws Committee Meeting from 8:00 to 8:30 AM ET. The full meeting airs on C-Span 1 from 9:30 AM to 3 PM, with Washington Journal focusing on the meeting starting at 7 AM.

Do you remember when Corrine was censured in July 2004 for saying that the 2000 election was stolen?

Her office issued this statement:

July 15, 2004 CONTACT: David Simon
(202) 225-0123 or (202) 225-0115
Congresswoman Brown Speaks Out on the House Floor

(Washington, DC) Congresswoman Corrine Brown made the following statement:”Striking my words from the House floor is just one more example of the Republican Party’s attempt to try and cover up what happened during the 2000 election and of their activities this year in the state of Florida in preparation for stealing this year’s election as well. What is the Republican Party so afraid of? Let me tell you what I’m afraid of: another stolen election and four more years of the Bush administration. When the words of Corrine Brown are stricken from the floor, so is the voice of her 600,000 constituents in Florida’s third congressional district. MORE

And now she’s fighting the disenfranchisement engineered by her own party.

On March 23 of this year Corrine again spoke out strongly, blaming Howard Dean for the current delegate mess:

Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown places the blame for the delegate flap squarely on DNC Chairman Howard Dean.

“I think Howard Dean should fix the problem or resign,” Brown exclaims during an interview at First Coast News studios.

Brown insists that Florida’s delegates be seated at the convention according to the results of the January primary.

“And after what happened in 2000 in Florida, elections is a raw nerve for people in Florida. And you should not mess with us! And you should not mistreat us in Florida,” she says.

Corrine Brown is a fighter, just like Hillary Clinton is a fighter. I can’t think of a better person to fight for Florida, Michigan, Hillary, and those of us who want all the votes counted.

Isn’t it ironic that in 2000, she and other member of the Black Caucus were among the strongest voices protesting the way the vote was handled? And now, we have a split in the party, because racism has become the flashpoint of the primaries? In 2000, Democrats were united in their fight to have the votes in Florida counted…but not today.

How sad it all is…

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3 Responses

  1. Wonderful tribute, thank you!

  2. Wow, what an impressive woman, with the guts to fight out loud and alone! I hope her voice and her strength are heard and considered.

  3. It would be a good idea for Dean to fix it and resign!

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