It wasn't just parochialism that prompted a Congressional Black Caucus member to threaten "Armageddon" if Carolyn Maloney beat out Maxine Waters for a committee slot.
Bio: Walter Fields is CEO and executive editor at NorthStarNews.com, and the former publisher of City Limits. He used to be political director of the New Jersey NAACP.
Late last month, Barney Frank’s announcement that he was retiring from Congress set in motion a miniature power struggle within his party that highlighted a dilemma for African-American officeholders, and voters.
Yes, it was a big deal that one of the House’s most outspoken and influential liberals was leaving, but this controversy was about something more parochial: who would get to replace Franks as the ranking party member on the powerful House Financial Services Committee. More
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