Corrine Brown forgets Somer's name on CNN

Congresswoman speaking on Trayvon Martin case forgets Somer Thompson's name

Published On: Mar 29 2012 05:45:56 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 29 2012 05:47:07 PM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., had an embarrassing moment on national TV on Wednesday as she was being interviewed about the Trayvon Martin case.

Appearing live on CNN, Brown was asked if she would be as concerned as she is about this shooting if the teen were not black.

"Let me tell you something. We had an incident in my area where a young white female was murdered, and I was just as concerned, absolutely. I care about all of the children," Brown said in response.

"Congresswoman Brown, what was her name?" CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin asked her.

"The young lady that got killed?" Brown asked.

"Yes, ma'am," Baldwin said.

"In Orange County?" Brown said.

"What was her name?" Baldwin asked.

"The young lady that got killed," Brown said.

"Do you remember?" Baldwin asked.

"I don't remember her name," Brown said. "But we had all kinds of rallies in the community in Jacksonville that I participated in, and I made sure that the Sheriff's Department had the money that they need to pursue the case. So just don't try to act like this is just about this one black male. This is about all of the children."

After the interview, Brown posted a message on Twitter directed at Baldwin that reads: "Somer Thompson is the name I couldn't recall today. I met with the sheriff and sought funds for the investigation."

The Clay County Sheriff's Office confirmed Thursday that Brown was very helpful in securing resources for the murder investigation of 7-year-old Somer.

Baldwin said her interview has generated a lot of chatter on blogs and social media.

"Despite her involvement in that case though, Congresswoman Brown couldn't remember Somer Thompson's name during my interview yesterday, or even which county she was abducted from," Baldwin said. "It could have perhaps just slipped her mind. But the point is this -- as more and more people -- especially lawmakers -- attach themselves to the Trayvon Martin case, it is only fair to ask about their investment in those cases. Brown says she felt attacked by my questions. That was certainly not my intent. But there is nothing racist or even salacious about asking an elected lawmaker to back up claims with facts."