For the second time in three weeks on Wednesday, Rep. Russ Carnahan engaged a fellow Missouri Democrat in a heated confrontation over redistricting on the House floor.
This time, it was Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, who had encouraged a state lawmaker to cast what became the deciding vote to put in place a state redistricting plan that pairs Carnahan, who is white, with Rep. Lacy Clay, who is black, in a St. Louis-area district that is heavily African-American.
“He’s angry,” Cleaver, a longtime Carnahan family friend, said after the verbal altercation. “I understand the frustration that my colleague is experiencing.”
Carnahan declined to comment on the conversation — but he didn’t contest that it occurred or that it was animated.
Last time, it was Rep. Lacy Clay, to whom Carnahan said “F—- you. Thanks for your help,” after Clay declined to put his full weight against the plan.
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