Saturday, June 09, 2007

Pick Again

What is Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) doing in a key position on Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign?

For those of you who don't know, Hastings is a former federal judge--former, because he was impeached by Congress for perjury during a trial for bribery (that ended in acquittal). The vote was bipartisan, and the chair of the committee that impeached him was none other than the lion of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI).

Perhaps Clinton is trying to shore up support among Black voters (who will be key for her in the Democratic primary), but still, there are plenty of talented Black politicians out there who are not tainted by bribery and impeachment proceedings. Hastings past is no secret--this is a misstep Hillary could have seen coming.

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