Carol Moseley Braun: Bill Clinton Has Betrayed African-Americans
Former Senator Carol Mosely Braun took Bill Clinton’s endorsement of her opponent Rahm Emanuel rather personally:
Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun on Wednesday called former President Bill Clinton’s campaign appearance for former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel a “betrayal” of the city’s African-American and Latino communities.
“For him to come on the day following Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday to insert himself in the middle of a mayoral race, when the majority of the population and mayoral candidates are African-American and Latino, is a betrayal of the people who were most loyal to him,” Braun, former Democratic senator from Illinois, said in a statement. “It’s a mistake.”
“President Bill Clinton does not live or vote in Chicago,” she said, adding a line she’s used in previous statements. “He’s an outsider parachuting in to support another outsider.”
Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), who dropped out of the race in December and threw his support behind Braun, also voiced his dismay about Clinton’s visit.
“People have always – especially African-Americans for a long time – have regarded former President Clinton as a friend, political ally and as one whose goals and objectives may have been similar to theirs,” Davis said as he boarded a plane to Washington, CNN reported.
“And so I think that this will take away a bit. And there are individuals who have been former Clinton supporters who no longer will.”
It’s worth noting, of course, that Brown is trailing Emanuel by 16 points in the most recently released poll.