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Last week asked “Why Can’t the Congressional Black Caucus Be More Like the Tea Party?” Today they are responding.

Congressional Black Caucus communications director Stephanie L. Young, part of a new breed among the caucus, there to inject some fire into the 41-year-old organization spoke to us exclusively. When Young isn’t getting the word out on CBC initiatives and helping put together events like the CBC Annual Legislative Conference, she’s putting out fires like the one that erupted when we compared them to the Tea Party. Young found that article unflattering to the CBC and took the time to talk with Loop 21 to clear the record about who they are, and who they are not trying to be.

Here is what CBC rep Stephanie Young had to say:

You claim that we have the wrong message by saying the CBC should be focused on legislative solutions instead of the initial approach that we took by visiting five cities hardest hit by the current economic and jobs crisis.  What you have failed to understand is that the jobs events were only one part of a multifaceted strategy, which included a national black leadership summit on the jobs crisis, over 50 pieces of job legislation, a comprehensive jobs legislation report, job creation recommendations presented to the President, and an upcoming report from our Jobs Commission, which convened during last week’s Annual Legislative Conference.

You also claim that we have the wrong leader. I also think you are incorrect and am trying to understand how you reached that conclusion given the “For the People” Jobs Initiative happened under his leadership.  The CBC has been the most active it has been in years under his leadership.

Read the full interview on Loop 21.

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