Did Wynn sin to get his big win? If Al Wynn were white and had done this to Donna Edwards to win the Democratic primary for this House seat, what would we say? Or is it ok because he’s black too? Or should we demand more, much more integrity from African-American politicians? Black folks need to be concerned with the content of the character of our elected officials — black, white, brown or blue. Especially black since their conduct still reflects on how all other African-Americans are perceived in the public eye(like it or not) and ultimately threatens the true potential of organizations like the Congressional Black Caucus to protect the rights of people of color. We should be too proud to let someone for sale to the highest corporate bidder like Wynn win.

Here’s an excerpt of a jocular little conversation on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives (provided by the Donna Edwards team):

Needless to say, the system is deeply flawed — leaving voters with little reason to be confident. In the midst of all of this system failure and uncertainty, I wanted to share with you the transcript of an exchange that took place on Tuesday, September 19, between my opponent, Albert Wynn, and his colleague on the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee:

BARTON: Down in Texas, we had a Democratic primary about 50 years ago that Lyndon Johnson won by 54 votes. And he got the nickname “Landslide Lyndon.” We have Mr. Wynn next. He had a little bit of a tussle last week, but he did win. And so, I want to recognize “Landslide Wynn” for any opening statement that he wishes…
WYNN: Well, thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. In fact, they’re still counting, but we’re quite optimistic. And I did take a couple pages out of Lyndon’s book, so if I win, it can be attributed to Texas know-how.
(UNKNOWN): Did you (inaudible)?
BARTON: I hope not. I hope you win fair and square.
WYNN: A win is a win

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