Republican Joins Congressional Black Caucus
For the first time since 1996, a Black Republican has joined the ranks of the Congressional Black Caucus. Newly elected Florida Rep. Allen West was officially inducted Wednesday along with the other 42 members during a swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol Visitors Center. The only other Black GOP member joining Congress, Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), decided against joining the Caucus. “While I recognize the efforts of the CBC…My campaign was never about race,” Scott said in a statement last month.