Cornbreadd Is Running for Congress

The rapper is challenging veteran Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.

Posted: 02/27/2012 09:00 AM EST

(Photo: Maurice Duhon For Congress)

Would you vote for a dude who goes by the name Cornbreadd to represent your interests in Congress? Maurice Duhon Jr., who famously earned his hip hop props under that name, is hoping that Houston voters will at least consider the idea. The rapper announced last week his plans to run for Congress as an independent candidate in a challenge to veteran congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who has represented Houston since 1995. In a message on his campaign website, Duhon said that he’s running for office because he believes the city “can do better.”


His first test will come Wednesday at a unique first fundraiser titled WHO and WHAT is an Uncle Tom? A Retrospective Conversation,” that Duhon is billing as an opportunity for voters to get to know him and discuss the “iconic” novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, according to a Houston Press report.


When Duhon started rapping in junior high school to attract girls, the Houston Press reports, his freestyle and skills playing the dozens far outmatched his classmates, which could come in handy in debates with the verbose Jackson Lee. And he’s no dummy. After two years at “the smart school,” AKA Houston’s High School for the Health Professions, Duhon transferred to “the art school,” the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where Beyoncé also was a student.


Those who know him well won’t be surprised by his bid because he’s always been a huge advocate his hometown, as evidenced during his run on MTV’s reality show 50 Cent: The Money and the Power in 2009. But it won’t be easy. A Republican and a third-party challenger opposed Jackson Lee in 2010, but she handily won re-election with 70 percent of the vote.


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