Around the South for Aug. 7: FL, TN & TX


Florida: Wasserman Schultz strikes back. After catching much flak for failing to fire an IT staffer after he was denied access to the House computer system over security concerns, US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) told the Sun Sentinel, “I had grave concerns about his due process rights being violated… That there were racial and ethnic profiling concerns.” The aide, Imran Awan, was arrested at the airport on bank fraud charges that included wiring $283,000 to people in Pakistan, $165,000 of which came from a fraudulently acquired home mortgage loan. After his arrest, the congresswoman fired him ……. Tennessee: Black running for governor. US Rep. Diane Black (R) announced her candidacy for governor last week, becoming the fifth Republican – and the third woman – to enter the 2018 race. Black once lived in public housing as a child, but she and her husband have “amassed a fortune with a national drug testing business,” reports The Tennessee Journal, and have not been reluctant to spend money on her campaigns ……. Texas: Allred challenging Sessions. Colin Allred played football in the NFL, became a civil rights lawyer, and later a special assistant in President Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development. Now he is challenging US Rep. Pete Sessions (R) in the 32nd District, telling Roll Call that this North Dallas region “gave me the chance to do all of these things.” …….