Most of you don’t even know
his name. David Scott (rhymes with rot) is the most non-representative
Black person in
the U.S. Congress. The very worst.
Rep. Scott, whose district lies south of Atlanta,
runs with a gaggle of renegade rightwing House members that includes
Ford, Jr., of Memphis, Alabama’s Artur Davis and fellow Georgian
Sanford Bishop. Scott leads the pack, having managed to vote with
Republicans more than any other member of the Congressional Black
Caucus on issues tracked
by Techpolitics.org, the authoritative site run by veteran political
researcher Ken Colburn.
Rep. Scott is lavishly rewarded for his loyalty to corporations.
He ranks fourth in
campaign contributions among Black House members ($803,334), according
to Techpolitics, right behind Rep. Davis ($918,781), Ford ($1,344,398),
and New York Congressperson Charles Rangel ($1,446,027). As the
ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, and having
served in the Congress since 1970,
Rangel deserves the money. The other three are whores to big business,
and Rep. Scott is the worst. According to OpenSecrets.org,
76 percent of Scott’s political action committee (PAC) campaign
funds came from corporations in the 2003-2004 election cycle. We
know who he serves.
Like Artur Davis, Scott was elected to Congress
in 2002, the year the corporate Right launched its electoral
offensive against Black
America. Corporate money and media unseated Georgia Rep. Cynthia
McKinney and Alabama’s Earl Hilliard, replacing them with Denise
Majette and Artur Davis, respectively. McKinney regained her seat,
in a district to the north and east of Atlanta, last year. Nobody
challenged Scott in 2004, whose district is arguably the most gerrymandered in
the state, contorted around the highways and byways of four counties.
Georgia Republicans are intent on doing a Texas-style
redistricting of congressional seats, this year, but Scott will
from the process unscathed – because he is a Republican
in all but name. Scott entered the U.S. Congress on a handshake
with the GOP, in 2002. His rapidly blackening district
(only 42 percent Black in 2000, now almost 53 percent Black) politically
resembles Cynthia McKinney’s, yet is represented by her antithesis.
That’s why he was not challenged by the GOP in 2004. He’s their
No Black congressperson scores below 75 percent
on any “liberal” scorecard.
Such apostasy would not be tolerated by the Black electorate. Instead,
the clique of Black conservatives send signals to their fellow
Blue Dogs and Democratic Leadership Council members through votes
on social issues, avoiding obvious treason on money issues, such
as job training. David Scott sent one of his messages to the Right
with his vote for the “Real
ID” bill, which would require a kind of national identity card
for citizens to deal with their government, including voting. Scott
was joined by Artur Davis and Harold Ford, his co-conspirators
of the Black Right. Meanwhile, the entire Georgia Black state legislative
delegation walked out in protest of a Republican bill that would
ID for voters – a national offensive
of Republicans. Scott, Ford and Davis were sending their friends
a signal: I’m with you.
David Scott has been whoring since 1974, when
he entered the Georgia State House. He proposed mandatory “quiet reflection” – actually,
prayer – as a state lawmaker, and has introduced a federal bill
with the same purpose. He supported Bush’s prescription drugs giveaway
to the pharmaceutical industry, faith-based initiatives, tax cuts
for the rich – including abolition of the Estate Tax – and the
war in Iraq, which is opposed by the vast majority of Black people,
including in his 13th congressional district of Georgia.
Although Scott has racked up the worst record
of any Black congressperson, his colleagues in political crime
are sometimes more reckless than
even he. Representatives Harold Ford, Artur Davis, and Queens,
New York DLCer Gregory Meeks recently joined 17
of their Democratic Leadership Council colleagues to urge Republicans
to bring their oppressive bankruptcy bill before the House. “We stand ready to work with you and our colleagues on both
sides of the aisle to pass bankruptcy reform into law,” said the
troika of traitors.
Uncalled for celebrations
Back in 2002, Black folks in Atlanta felt that
regional political power was in their grasp. Redistricting had
created three congressional districts in the metropolitan area
that should logically fall in Black hands. But one of those hands
was already greased by corporate/Republican money: David Scott’s.
Scott has shamelessly served his masters, and
betrayed his constituents. Yet he is unchallenged, in his own
district. This is a failing
of Black politics. We have no one else to blame but ourselves for
allowing this mercenary to serve in our behalf. A strong current
moves African Americans to celebrate, vote for – and make incessant
excuses for – traitors in our midst. David Scott went to Congress
as part of a white Republican deal. Let’s undo it.