‘Steve’ cau­cus

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An un­of­fi­cial count by Inside the Belt­way last week re­vealed 209 cau­cuses (con­gres­sional mem­ber or­ga­ni­za­tions) of the U.S. Congress. In other words, there ap­pears to be a cau­cus for just about ev­ery con­gress­man’s pri­mary in­ter­est or cause.

Some of our fa­vorites: Out of Iraq Cau­cus, Vic­tory in Iraq Cau­cus, Con­gres­sional Ski and Snow­board Cau­cus, Con­gres­sional Sub­ma­rine Cau­cus, Con­gres­sional Zoo and Aquar­ium Cau­cus, Silk Road Cau­cus and of course the sparsely mem­bered Friends of Amer­i­can Me­dia Cau­cus.

We up­dated our cau­cus list upon re­ceiv­ing a let­ter from Phil Ross of Den­ver, a “po­lit­i­cal junkie” Repub­li­can who once headed the com­mu­ni­ca­tions team for the House ma­jor­ity in the Colorado Gen­eral As­sem­bly.

“It oc­curred to me the other day that amid all the big and lit­tle spe­cial cau­cuses there’s one I have dubbed the ‘ Steve Cau­cus,’ a four-mem­ber col­lec­tion of mid­dle-age Jewish guys — two vet­er­ans and two fresh­men, but all lib­er­als — from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try: Steve Is­rael of New York, Steve Roth­man of New Jer­sey, Steve Ka­gen of Wis­con­sin and Steve Co­hen of Ten­nessee.

“I won­der if th­ese fel­las ac­tu­ally ‘cau­cus’ due to this dual com­mon­al­ity? It also would of­fer so­lace to Mr. Co­hen, who was snubbed in be­ing able to en­ter the Con­gres­sional Black Cau­cus (CBC) de­spite rep­re­sent­ing a ma­jor­ity black dis­trict in Mem­phis.”

In­deed, Mr. Co­hen pledged that if elected last Novem­ber to his 60 per­cent black dis­trict, he would ap­ply to be­come the first white mem­ber of the CBC. As it turned out, he was re­fused ad­mis­sion on the grounds that whites have never been al­lowed in the club.

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Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tary Alphonso R. Jack­son said he thinks he would have a higher profile in the black com­mu­nity if he were a Demo­crat in­stead of a Repub­li­can.

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