The leader of the Mississippi Democratic
Party has called on Ike Brown to resign as local party chairman in
"A federal judge has found that Mr. Brown did not act with
openness and fairness in past elections," state party chairman
Wayne Dowdy said. "The judge's ruling is a smear on the Democratic
Party, a party with a tradition of people who sacrificed to make
sure every citizen was allowed to vote freely."
Brown says he won't do it.
"I have no intention of doing that, so that's a moot issue,"
Brown said Friday. "Anything that I control is a moot issue."
A federal judge ruled a week ago that black political leaders in
Noxubee County violated the Voting Rights Act by discriminating
against white voters.
The ruling was the result of a civil lawsuit filed in 2005 by
the U.S. Justice Department. It alleged Brown and the committee he
oversees discriminated against white candidates and those who
supported them in Noxubee County, a majority black county near the
Alabama state line.
Brown has said he probably will appeal the federal ruling.
Brown has said he sometimes plays tough in politics, but doesn't
discriminate. He said his goal is to keep Republicans from deciding
the outcome of Democratic elections in Noxubee County.
U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee gave both sides 30 days to offer
Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,