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Sharpton Weighs In



DavisbreakfastResidents in black communities are receiving recorded "robo" calls from Al Sharpton, who criticizes Jim Davis for the Pitts and Lee vote in 1990.

The issue came up Monday morning during a small gathering with African American men at the Orlando home of Kevin Samuels, a commercial insurance broker and second cousin of U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings. "I sat there and listened to days of testimony and I don't think the case was made. The evidence wasn't presented," Davis told the group, adding he was going to review the case. "If I made a mistake, I’ll be the first to say I made a mistake. It was a very difficult vote. It was a gut wrenching time for me."

Rufus Hawkins II, a student at Valencia Community College, said he got the Sharpton call Sunday night. He said he thinks Pitts and Lee had a strong case, but was satisfied with how Davis responded. "All of us have made mistakes and somewhere along the line we have to get second chances," Hawkins said.

UPDATE: Davis' camp just sent out e-mail saying U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia has made his own robo call in support of Davis. (Davis, meanwhile, is working the crowd at a Labor Day gathering in Daytona Beach. He's now headed to Tampa for an event, then is off for the Miami-FSU game.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:43pm]


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