56-43. A group of African American men marched to Capitol Hill yesterday to support the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General. Lynch was finally confirmed today after 166 days by a vote of 56-43. Surprisingly, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-MO) and Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran votes YES to confirm Lynch.
One has to wonder: Did a key meeting with Sen. Cochran yesterday push him to a YES?
Led by television journalist Roland Martin, Rev. Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church in Baltimore, and journalist Jeff Johnson, the group consisted of members of the Alpha Phi Alpha and Omega Psi Phi fraternities as well as members of 100 Black Men and church leaders. They were joined by Reps. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and Andre Carson (D-IN) and spent the day walking through the U.S. Capitol and Senate and House office buildings requesting meetings and talking with Senators they encountered.
That Lynch was confirmed today by only a six vote margin made every vote crucial. One meeting the group of Black men landed was with a key undecided Republican who had not announced his intentions. The undecided Republican: Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi. The sharply dressed throng of African American men assumed nothing regarding how Cochran might vote, even as news that Lynch would be confirmed grew.
The Mississippi Republican was one of seven Senators who have not publicly announced whether they would vote for Lynch or not. Cochran is one of the most powerful members of the Senate as the Appropriations Committee Chairman. Today he became only one of two Southern Republicans who supported Lynch’s confirmation (the other: Sen. Lindsey Graham).
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