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When I was a young Hill staffer with Rep. Mickey Leland, we attended an event at Howard University. Remember, now this was in 1989, before cell phones etc. We were with the always tall, handsome and impeccable Rep. Ron Dellums. A reporter came up to them.
"What do you think about what the CBC Chairman said, Congressman Dellums?"

"Oh I agree with him 100%. Thank you for your question."

Mickey and I are looking at each other. Mickey asked Ron, "what did the CBC Chairman say?"

"I don't know and I don't need to know."
"This is a lesson I learned from Malcolm X. 'If some reporter runs up to you and asks you, brother, what do you think about what Malcolm said, they're not asking because they want you to say 'AMEN'!"

"Unless I find out otherwise? I will ALWAYS support my CBC Chair."
"You know I am a Marine. My semper fidelis doesn't just apply to the military."

In my 20 year Hill career, I've worked for six different members of Congress. I have been approached by the press for information about all of them that didn't have a damn thing to do with a bill.
The late Vernon Jordan gave me an important lesson. "James, if you are known as a person who can keep a secret and be trusted? More people will tell you their secrets; information that will be valued by you or your boss. Be that person."
If you are working for a boss who is inhumane, has engaged in sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia or is wasting public dollars? When you reveal these facts, have your receipts ready and put your name to it. Have some fcuking moral courage.
I have said it a million times.

Black women SIMPLY DO NOT GET THE GRACE EVERY ONE ELSE GETS ON THIS PLANET.
FIN/

If you can't be loyal to your boss?

LEAVE.

That's how POLITICS at this level WORKS.

You do NOT have to respond to every press inquiry, question or email.

Fcuk this article by CNN.

And I'm out.

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