Updated: Wade Henderson - Cat Got Your Tongue?


Here's some proof that to some in the civil rights industry, civil rights are about Democrat party interests, not minority interests.  (Link to video stream of the hearing here.)  From my testimony to the House Judiciary Committee yesterday:

"Loud critics of the Bush administration claimed that enforcement of Section 2 was lacking, when in truth it was vigorous. Indeed, I (and the other lawyers working on the case with me) personally brought more Section 2 cases than the entire Obama administration has.

Consider Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. On March 22, 2007, he complained to the House Judiciary Committee about the purported lack of Section 2 cases brought by the Bush administration, complaining: “the [Civil Rights] Division must deal with and respond to growing distrust among minority communities who feel increasingly abandoned and marginalized by the Division’s litigation choices and priorities.”

When Henderson made this complaint, the Bush administration was in the process of litigating two Section 2 cases: United States v. Osceola County, FL (M.D. Fla 2005) and United States v. Village of Port Chester, NY (S.D.N.Y. 2006).

In preparing this testimony, I could find no complaints to the media from Mr. Henderson about the fact the Obama administration has not brought a single Section 2 case since I filed United States v. Town of Lake Park, FL (S.D. Fla. 2009), when I was a lawyer at the DOJ in March of 2009. The investigation of the Lake Park case was approved by the Bush administration. Thus, the Obama administration has not initiated then brought a single Section 2 lawsuit."

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