Black congressmen who support Barack Obama for president are pressuring their colleagues who back Hillary Clinton to change sides, The Hill reports today, but Florida's three black members of Congress are staying put.
Though Obama edged Clinton in every one of Florida's three majority-black districts - despite a candidate moratorium on campaigning in the state - all three congressmen said they have no intention of switching sides.
"There's a chorus of folks saying 'Oh well, saying let's end this right now,' " said Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Miami. "But we're Democrats, not Republicans. We believe in Democratic primaries playing themselves out.
"I'm supporting Hillary until Hillary says she's out of the race," Meek said.
Obama did best in Rep. Corrine Brown's Jacksonville district, topping Clinton nearly two to one. But Brown traveled to Wisconsin Friday to campaign for Clinton, the Washington Post noted.
"I have no stress whatsoever," Brown told the newspaper. She said that other colleagues "want to support the person because he's African American. But as Martin Luther King Jr., said 'Judge me by the content of my character, not the color of my skin.' " And she told the Post, she's not worried her constituents will be angry. "People know I'm going to do what I think is right," she said.
Obama won Meek's district 55 percent to Clinton's 40 percent; and Miramar Democrat Rep. Alcee Hastings' district 52 percent to Clinton's 41 percent.