Black Caucus readmits its only GOP member

August 05, 1993|By Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON -- At a time when Democrats and Republicans in this town are at each others' throats, the Congressional Black Caucus has fashioned a compromise that ends months of internal bickering.

In a rare show of bipartisan collegiality that assumed the air of a peace treaty signing, the Democratic-controlled black caucus has agreed to allow Rep. Gary Franks of Connecticut, its only Republican member, to rejoin the organization as a full-fledged member.

"I've come to realize the Congressional Black Caucus is no greater than the sum of its parts," Caucus Chairman Kweisi Mfume, D-Md., 7th, said yesterday. "I will oppose any effort to exclude Gary Franks from our membership."

Last week, in a partisan power play, the caucus voted to exclude Mr. Frank, fearing the conservative black legislator was nothing more than a political spy among their liberal, black Democratic ranks. But Mr. Franks says he was kicked out of meetings because of his conservative political views.

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