By Wayner D'Orio
Profiles the 1st African-American lady to serve within the usa Senate, Carol Moseley-Braun, who represented the country of Illinois from 1992 via 1998.
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Her years and experience in the legislature were key,” said Ingrid Cravens, a community activist and then president of the Decatur NAACP. “To get things done, Carol learned to work with the other legislators. She’s been a maverick on certain issues, but she also understands how the system works, and that you have to depend on a broad support base to get things done. She’s learned the give-and-take from a legislative standpoint. She has truly gone to school in this arena,” Cravens told Essence.
S. Senate. ” In an interview with the Boston Globe, Moseley-Braun said: “It’s a historic candidacy and we’re going to make history. ” THE BATTLE TO THE END Williamson was a political neophyte, initially recruited by the Republican party with the idea of being a longshot against the incumbent Alan Dixon. Just two months before the election, in September, 1992, Moseley-Braun had opened up a 34-point lead on Williamson. Then the campaign got interesting. For most of the campaign, Williamson was trying to paint Moseley-Braun as a big-spending, big-taxing liberal.
It allows her into meetings that other freshman senators wouldn’t be invited to. ” “There’s pressure to represent every group around,” Moseley-Braun admitted. ” For instance, when the ambitious national health plan was proposed by the president and First Lady Hillary Clinton, Moseley-Braun’s reaction as to how the plan 63 AAL_Brau_Chap 6 8/7/03 4:56 PM Page 64 CAROL MOSELEY-BRAUN helped minorities was of national concerns. To make sure minorities were treated fairly, and to learn the complexities of the law, Moseley-Braun sat in on a handful of meetings with Mrs.