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Carol Moseley Braun Accuses Clinton of Alienating Chicago's Black Community




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    Mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun wasn't too impressed with Bill Clinton's trip to Chicago Tuesday.

    In fact, she thinks it was downright ungrateful.

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    "The African-American community if you remember when he was having Monica Lewinsky problems stuck by him," Braun said at an event at Ann Sather's restaurant on Chicago's north side.  "Then to go and not endorse any of the minority candidates, or just to stay out of it, that would have been the right move."

    The former U.S. Senator and consensus black mayoral candidate accused the former president of alienating Chicago's black community by endorsing his former advisor for mayor.

    "President Bill Clinton does not live or vote in Chicago," Braun said in a statement issued by her press secretary Renee Ferguson. "He's an outsider parachuting in to support another outsider.  For him to come on the day following Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday to insert himself in the middle of a mayoral race, when the majority of the population and mayoral candidates are African American and Latino, is a betrayal of the people who were most loyal to him.  It's a mistake."

    Clinton enjoyed huge support among the black community during his run for the presidency -- especially in Chicago -- and was often casually referred to as the first black president, skin color notwithstanding.

    Unlike the opponents Miguel del Valle and Gery Chico, who held events slamming Emanuel's work on the board of mortgage lender Fannie Mae while Clinton was in town, Braun issued her statement at 5:53 a.m. Wednesday.

    It's similar to statements she released when Clinton's visit was announced two weeks ago.