Cooper, a co-chairman of Project 21, called Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin out for using race to distract from legitimate questions and concerns over whether Lynch should even be the Attorney General.
In response to Republican stonewalling on the nomination, Durbin said on the Senate floor last week, “and so Loretta Lynch, the first African-American woman nominated to be attorney general, is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar.”
“That is unfair. It’s unjust,” he added, “the fact is there is no substantive reason to stop this nomination.”
Cooper says this volley comes from a desire to avoid debating the issues surrounding both Lynch and bills tied up in the Senate.