Watt Elected Chair of Congressional Black Caucus

By Jeff Johnson | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) has been elected chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus for the 109th Congress. The caucus, including former members, is meeting Monday afternoon and evening to formulate its agenda for the next two years.

Watt complimented outgoing chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on his service. The incoming chairman also said he looks forward to a new opportunity to reopen communication with the Bush administration. Watt claimed the White House has refused to meet with the caucus.

While Watt refused to comment on any specific items that might be contained in the new agenda, he did discuss the potential for White House counsel Alberto Gonzales to become attorney general.

"There is hope that he could be an excellent, or a good or a um, well, I don't see how he could be any worse than the last one. Let me put it that way. So maybe we are taking a step forward in that regard," Watt told CNSNews.com.

Watt said if the CBC finds reasons to oppose Gonzales, they will act on those discoveries in the future.

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