Republican Florida Rep. Byron Donalds is reportedly being blocked from joining the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
“Since starting in Congress, our office and the Congressman have engaged with several CBC members expressing his interest in joining, but all we’ve gotten is the cold shoulder,” Donalds’ Communications Director, Harrison Fields, told the Daily Caller. The CBC is denying Donalds entrance, individuals familiar with the caucus’s plans reportedly told Buzzfeed News.
Donalds is one of two black Republicans in the House of Representatives. Utah Rep. Burgess Owens, who is also black, told the Wall Street Journal in October 2020 that he would not seek membership into the CBC. Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott did not join when he served in the House.
NEW: The Congressional Black Caucus is blocking Rep. Byron Donalds, a Black Republican from Florida, from joining the caucus. https://t.co/gv15lZXIhq— Kadia Goba (@kadiagoba) June 9, 2021
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