U.S. Rep. David Scott, one of Congress’ last remaining centrist Democrats, has been unafraid to break with his party when it suits him politically. He’s criticized President Barack Obama’s handling of Islamic terrorism and disclosed his plans to vote for Republican Johnny Isakson in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race.
The latest evidence of the Atlantan’s willingness to cross the aisle popped up in The Salt Lake Tribune, of all places. The newspaper reports that Scott gave $1,000 to colleague Mia Love, the first and only black female Republican in the U.S. House.
It’s not a massive sum of money for the political world, but it’s exceedingly rare for sitting lawmakers to donate to colleagues representing the other party.
Here’s the Tribune’s recounting of what went down when Love was handed Scott’s check:
Love looked at the check, then looked around to see if this was a joke, and finally she asked her Democratic colleague why he would donate to her campaign when it would likely get him in trouble with his party. “First, I think it is important for us to have people of color on both sides of the aisle and, second, I want Utah to know I’m proud of what they have done.”
….Reached by phone, Scott, a seven-term congressman who represents part of Atlanta and its suburbs, said Love’s retelling was “very accurate.”
“Mia has proven herself. She is very smart, very talented,” he said. “It is very important for us as African-Americans to look at the big picture and realize that we are in a big game here and we have to have alliances.”
Insiders note: This post was ripped from this morning’s Daily Jolt. Read the entire thing here.