Black GOP Lawmakers Face Tricky Relations With Democrats

January 6, 2011  |  

(NPR) — New Republican congressmen Allen West of Florida and Tim Scott of South Carolina have drawn plenty of attention as the first two GOP African Americans to fill House seats since Julius Caesar Watts Jr. of Oklahoma, better known by the initials J.C., left Congress in 2003.  Not all the attention has been positive. West, for instance, had an early personnel misstep when he hired to his staff a conservative talk radio host who had called Speaker Nancy Pelosi “garbage.” The host stayed in radio. West, who won with Tea Party support, has indicated he’s inclined to join the Congressional Black Caucus; Scott has sounded less certain.

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