The Congressional Black Caucus PAC announced that they will endorse Hillary Clinton.
It’s a coup for the Democratic presidential contender, as many of the black lawmakers can help leverage support for Clinton in African-American communities that will be critical during her primary battle against Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), a former CBC chair said the former Secretary of State is a better candidate for African-Americans on national security and economic security.
“It is really, really clear to people who are paying attention at this point that she probably knows more about how to move us forward,” said Fudge. “As I look at her history, she has worked with people who are undeserved for her entire career…she’s been talking about this for her entire life. I’ve only heard about it from Sanders in the last year.”
The PAC will announce the endorsement at an event in Washington. Clinton will not be in attendance, a source said.
In addition to the endorsement, half-dozen black lawmakers are expected to spend time in South Carolina campaigning for Clinton ahead of the first-in-the-South Democratic primary there on Feb. 27. Fudge said some members of the delegation will spend nearly a week in the state, visiting churches and attending rallies for Clinton. Also traveling to South Carolina are Reps. G.K. Butterfield, the chairman of the black caucus, Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat who has been a long-time support of Clinton’s, and John Lewis, a noted civil rights activist.
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