Black Caucus says it won’t support Smith as speaker

The 36 African-American House members who compose the Legislative Black Caucus have adopted a motion saying they will not support Jeff Smith, D-Columbus, for speaker of the House.

Smith has been trying to form a coalition of all 47 Republicans and a handful of Democrats to unseat Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi, as presiding officer of the 122-member House.

Some of Smith’s supporters have said they believe some of the black members, who are all Democrats, might throw their support behind the Columbus legislator.

NE MS Daily Journal