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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Challenge Aimed At Rep. John Lewis, Georgia

I have not yet begun to fight... John Paul Jones

We predicted that it was just a matter of time before Civil Rights icons in Congress would fall out of favor with their constituency. Now this:

Hutchins to seek Lewis' seat” by Jim Galloway, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Atlanta will have opposition to his re-election to Congress.

Markel Hutchins, an Atlanta minister who took up the cause of a 92-year-old woman killed in a botched police raid, announced this week that he will challenge the 11-term congressman and civil rights icon in the Democratic primary.

“Now is the time for us to move beyond the nostalgia of the civil rights era,” Hutchins said.

Hutchins, 30, said Lewis' October endorsement of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race, while the 5th District largely supported Barack Obama, was a factor in his decision to challenge Lewis.

“That presented some problems for many of us,” Hutchins said… Lewis declared he was ready for the fight… “Leadership cannot be given. It has to be earned with respect and integrity,” the congressman said in a statement.

Glory Hallelujah! The incumbent docile members of the Congressional Black Caucus are put on notice.

How about being black and unemployed?


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  2. he will have to change to support the way his district voted or give up polit8ics

  3. We got rid of Al Wynn so who knows what could happen. I'd like to know more about Hutchins though.

  4. All I know of Markel Hutchins is that he was the one who took up the case of the 92 year-old woman who was killed in a mistaken police raid in Atlanta.