- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A group of black men that support Loretta Lynch, the attorney general nominee who’s confirmation has been stalled in the Senate, flooded the hallways of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to track down senators of states with large black populations who remained undecided on her nomination.

About two-dozen men, comprised partly of attorneys and church leaders, donned colorful bow ties and ironed suits as they went from congressional building to congressional building in search of the Republican senators from Mississippi, Texas, Kentucky, Ohio and South Carolina who haven’t yet determined their vote.

Members of the ad hoc group decided to pursue conversations with the lawmakers after determining it “was critically important for black men to have a presence” on Capitol Hill in support of Ms. Lynch, said television host Roland Martin, a spokesman for the group.

Congressional staffers appeared daunted by the presence of the group whenever its members flooded into office waiting rooms and politely demanded to have a conversation with the senator and then, just as politely, refused to leave until they spoke to a staff member with some clout.

Senators will vote Thursday whether Ms. Lynch, former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will be the next attorney general and replace outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Lawmakers have delayed the vote for more than five months as they bickered over sex-trafficking legislation, evoking anger amongst her supporters.

Before the group descended on the Capitol, Ms. Lynch had enough support from republicans to win the nomination.

“It’s shameful that you have senators who are making more than $170,000 a year who don’t have the capacity to do more than one thing at one time,” Mr. Martin said. “You’ve got everyday Americans out there who have to do four or five or different things in their jobs and these folks can’t take a 15-minute vote.”

The group included clergy, members of 100 Black Men of America, members of the Alpha Phi Alpha and Omega Psi Phi fraternities and was joined by Rep. Andre Carson, Indiana Democrat, according to CNN. They aimed to meet with GOP senators, including Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Rob Portman of Ohio, Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Tom Cotton of Arkansas. They also planned to speak with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, CNN reported.

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