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Kansas City Congressman Gets Heat for Supporting Cohen

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African-American congressman Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City is facing a revolt from black preachers in Memphis because of his support for 9th District Congressman Steve Cohen.

From the Kansas City Star website: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver has faced a lot of adversaries as a political and spiritual leader, but with his current foes it's like looking into a mirror.

They're African-American preachers steeped in the traditions of the black church. Democratic Party stalwarts, too.

"The black clergy is rising up against me," Cleaver said. "I was surprised."

That's because a Democratic House colleague from Tennessee has asked him to wade into a simmering political stew in his Memphis congressional district that local political observers said has been salted with a strong dose of racism.

Democratic Rep. Stephen Cohen, who holds the state's Ninth District congressional seat, is under attack in an increasingly nasty war with several local Baptist pastors.

Read the Star's story.

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