On the margin of a realizable upset of the Democratic Party’s longtime golden boy, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, in Tuesday’s Maryland Senate primary, Rep. Donna Edwards has a query for her Congressional Black Caucus fellow members: Why aren’t more of you endorsing me?
POLITICO has understood that several CBC members and Edwards met privately to express her frustration that so few African American lawmakers had offered their support to her, according to five sources knowledgeable about the assemblies.
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Though he’s not yet been supported by a CBC member Van Hollen continues to be making hay over his growing quantity of sanctions from black political leaders including some in Edwards’ district.
Edwards, who won her House seat by defeating a popular person in the CBC, Al Wynn has had a strained relationship right away that has many black lawmakers. She’s additionally pressed on her case with lawmakers at the Democratic Club eatery, where members regularly eat.
Sources close to lawmakers and the CBC knowledgeable about the conversations said some of Edwards’ CBC associates reacted to her in honest terms. Members of the CBC said she’s not a simple associate to work with and have considered her abrasive.
She hasn’t developed great relationships with the members of the CBC, quite honestly, informed a source which is very near with the CBC.
The Edwards-CBC tension goes into a House Ethics Committee dispute that involved fellow CBC member Maxine Waters and Edwards. The panel was probing for conflicts of interest in the California Democrat in organizing Treasury Department meetings from a bank where stock was possessed by her husband. When her grandson cum staff chief, Mikael Moore has become the focus of the investigation, he was grilled by Edwards openly for not seeing red flags that were ethical.
When the bad blood began that’s, and other members of the CBC and Waters never forgot it, as an act of disloyalty with many interpreting Edwards’ moves.
It’s not clear whether Edwards’ assemblies will not be unsuccessful in securing sanctions for her before the primary in the last days.