NC's supporters of Loretta Lynch go to DC to lobby senators

Posted March 17, 2015

— North Carolina residents unhappy with announcements by their two U.S. senators that they'll oppose the nomination of Greensboro native Loretta Lynch as attorney general headed to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to try to get them to change their minds.

State NAACP President Rev. William Barber and a women's coalition met with Republican U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis.

The two senators have said they won't support Lynch, the U.S. attorney for eastern New York. They both cited in part pending elections-law litigation by the Justice Department against the state that they believe will continue under Lynch if she's confirmed.

The group called Lynch the best, most qualified person for the job and said Burr and Tillis should be proud of her North Carolina roots. She graduated from North Carolina public schools and still has family in the Durham area.

"She's a street fighter for justice, who does not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great but treats all fairly," Stella Adams of the NAACP said.

Burr and Tillis said in a joint statement Tuesday that the meeting didn't change their minds on Lynch's nomination.


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