Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Congressional Black Caucus Trip to Cuba an "Embarrassment"

"Mauricio Claver-Carone, a board member with the U.S.-Cuba Democracy Political Action Committee, blasted Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and six other Democrats for traveling to Cuba and meeting with Castro.

“It’s an embarrassment and it gives a bad name to the Congressional Black Caucus,” Claver-Carone said of the trip. Several of the lawmakers are CBC members.

The Cuba Democracy PAC has given hundreds of thousands in political contributions to Democrats and Republicans in Congress as part of an effort to maintain stringent trade and travel restrictions with Cuba. The group in recent years has focused on outreach efforts to the Democratic freshman classes of 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Claver-Carone said 95 percent of those who favor lifting trade and travel restrictions with Cuba believe doing so would bring about democracy in the island nation. “I respect that but I think they’re wrong,” he said."

Hundreds of thousands of dollars to dems and repubs? I'd say your organization's money, Mr. Claver-Carone, is better spent with one than the other.

The Congressional Black Caucus is also under fire for refusing to meet with those opposed to Castro's oppressive communist regime, “one of the most racist regimes in the world.”

Why am I not surprised?

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