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Bryan Preston


May 3, 2013 - 9:30 am

Fox reports:

The president picked North Carolina Rep. Mel Watt on Wednesday to lead the [Federal Housing Finance] agency, praising his understanding of the housing crisis which crippled the economy several years ago. If approved by the Senate, Watt would replace Edward DeMarco, the acting director of the FHFA. But getting the Senate to agree that Watt’s the man for the job may be tough.

While lawmakers are raising early concerns about Watt’s willingness to get tough on questionable lending practices, he also comes with a history of controversial remarks.

During an Oct. 14, 2005 hearing held by the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act, Watt reportedly said that a “substantial majority of white voters” would not vote for a black candidate under any circumstances.

Multiple attempts by to obtain a transcript of the hearing from the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act were not successful. But a report at the time by quoted Watt saying the Voting Rights Act should be expanded and have districts changed to factor in race-based voting and help minority candidates.

He acknowledged “some” white people would support a black candidate, but said voters who refuse should be “factored out.”

“I’ve got no use for them in the democratic process,” he reportedly said.

Watt also claimed that black voters — unlike white voters — don’t have “an absolute commitment” to voting for a candidate based on race.

The exit polls from the 2012 elections suggest otherwise.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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You should see what his Gerrymandered district looked like. A narrow band following I-85 from Charlotte to Greensboro. I sure hope he takes some job and we can be done with him.
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Mel should go to work for Eric "My People" Holder.
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