State Democratic Party leader wants Noxubee party chair to resign

The leader of the Mississippi Democratic

Party has called on Ike Brown to resign as local party chairman in

Noxubee County.

"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,