Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cohen Gets Black Caucus Support, Herenton Gets Busy as Finish Nears

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 8:14 AM

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The two Democratic primary contenders for Congress in the 9th District — incumbent Steve Cohen and challenger Willie Herenton — are both turning it on as the final day of early voting on Friday, July 31, nears and with Election Day itself, August 5, less than 10 days away.

Cohen, who had already been gifted with overt support from a number of African-American political eminences, including President Obama, got another boost Monday when the Congressional Black Caucus formally conferred its endorsement, along with a $5,000 donation to the congressman’s reelection effort.

“The CBC PAC’s mission is to increase the number of African-Americans in the U.S. Congress (and) to support non-black candidates who champion CBC interests,” PAC Chairman Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) said in his letter that accompanies the check to Cohen. “You have been selected to receive this contribution because of your commitment to the CBC PAC’s goals.”

That statement may not only aid Cohen now, it could foreshadow an invitation to join the CBC himself when Congress reconvenes.

Former mayor Herenton, meanwhile, was doing his best to achieve the kind of last-minute momentum that marked his upset come-from-behind victory in 1991 over incumbent Dick Hackett in the Memphis mayoral race.

Herenton has three public events scheduled for this week alone — a “social and supper” at the Chowtime Grill on Hacks Cross road for Wednesday night, a “mix and mingle” event Thursday evening at the Elements Restaurant and Lounge on Winchester, and a North Memphis rally at Jackson and Watkins on Saturday.

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