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Blacks Clash On Race In Ala. Governor's Contest

Montgomery, AL – A congressman seeking to be Alabama's first black governor has run into an early obstacle - the leader of the black wing of the Alabama Democratic Party.

Rep. Artur Davis says Alabama Democratic Conference Chairman Joe Reed believes a public official's race matters more than his capacity for independent judgment. Davis, in a statement Monday, said Reed also believes a black officeholder must follow a certain racial path or be inauthentic.

The ADC chairman recently blasted Davis for being the only member of the Congressional Black Caucus who voted against the federal health care legislation. Reed said Davis is looking out for his political interests, rather than his constituents.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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