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Black Caucus Coalition Considered by GOP

January 7, 1997
By: Phill Brooks
State Capital Bureau

While Republicans will lack a majority in Missouri's House when it begins the 1997 session Wednesday, some Republicans are proposing a bipartisan coalition with black Democrats to give the GOP a leadership slot. Phill Brooks has the story from Jefferson City:

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The opportunity for Republicans opened up last fall when Democrats picked a rural white as their candidate a slot now held by the senior black in the House.

So a few Republicans are suggesting the only black Republican in the Missouri House as an alternative as Speaker Pro Tem.

Carson Ross says he's not campaigning for the job -- but he is willing to be a candidate:

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To be elected, Ross needs support from just a handful of Democrats.

But just the day before the House session, the Kansas City Republican said he has not been contacted by any House Democrats about his candidacy.

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