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Could Tennessee Congressman Be Next Barack Obama?
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June 22, 2005

Analysis of today's diversity news from RollCall.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle and more:

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are putting together plans to help elect Rep. Harold Ford Jr., D-Tenn., in 2006 to succeed retiring Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Roll Call reports. Although the CBC has not taken a formal position on Ford's candidacy yet, caucus members said they will help him raise money and campaign in Washington, D.C., and Tennessee.

Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., described Ford as the new face of the Democratic Party. "I will do whatever he needs," Clay said. "This is a historic election since he could be the first African American elected from the South since Reconstruction. I want to be a part of that historic event."

The caucus (subscription required) pulled out all the stops in 2004 to elect then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama, now the only black U.S. senator.
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