Cass Ballenger

NAACP and Common Sense Foundation Call for Cass Ballenger's Resignation
Cass Ballenger

Lewis Woods, president of the Catawba County branch of the NAACP, "asked for [Rep. Cass] Ballenger's resignation during a news conference with other leaders Friday. He said it was the first time in his 35 years with the NAACP that he had called for an official's resignation. 'We just think it's time for Mr. Ballenger to step down,' Woods said. 'He's not representing the black community like he should... I think Mr. Ballenger's been saying these things behind the scenes, and they've now caught up with him.' He cited another Ballenger comment that angered blacks: When addressing a redrawing of congressional district lines in 1999, Ballenger told a civic club that the new district lines 'took the country club people away from me and gave me all the blacks.'" Ballenger's NAACP scorecard for 2001 was only 21% - he voted against his black constituents 4/5 of the time. The Common Sense Foundation, a Raleigh-based public policy organization, also called for Ballenger's resignation.

Feminist Majority's Eleanor Smeal Calls for the Resignation of Ballenger from House Republican Leadership
Cass Ballenger

Feminist Majority observes that Cass Ballenger is the Deputy Majority Whip and on the House Republican Steering Committee. "So is Ballenger saying, 'I'm not just racist, I'm also sexist'?' said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. 'It is an outrage that a member of Congress would make such sexist and racist remarks. We hope he joins Lott in resigning his leadership post.'" You go, Eleanor!

NOW's Kim Gandy Denounces Cass Ballenger (R-NC) for Calling Cynthia McKinney a 'Bitch'
Cass Ballenger

NOW President Kim Gandy writes, "Another member of Congress has embarrassed himself and his party -- not by making a mistake, as he explained, but by saying what he really thinks. Not only did U.S. Rep. Cass Ballenger (R-NC) tell the Charlotte Observer that former colleague Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) is 'a bitch,' but in his attempt to explain the insulting comment, he implied in a local radio interview that the sentiment was justified because he considered McKinney divisive, pushy and 'less than patriotic.' One must wonder whether he would have made the same statement about a white Congressman he considered to be pushy or divisive. I think not. His statements demonstrate beliefs about race and gender that do not belong in the U.S. Congress." Right on, Kim!