Congresswoman Brown's Quick-Picks cause uproar
Some say her annual ballot picks are divisive to the community.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As local elections are about to start, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's Quick-Picks are circulating again.
Printed like a ballot with her choices for local races, Brown has been printing and providing them to Duval County voters for years.
But speaking on behalf of more than a dozen local pastors, Ken Adkins says "enough is enough" and that the picks have become divisive for the community.
"It's not fair, it is not right, and we are asking for Corrine Brown to stop this policy. We believe over the next 2 1/2 weeks they can be very divisive and very dangerous to the African-American community. Most certainly to candidates," Adkins said.
Candidates like Mincy Pollock, who is vying for a City Council seat in Jacksonville's District 3.
"You could be going out. You can go door knocking, telling someone who you are, and then their next question is, ‘Are you on the quick pick?" Pollock said
Brown addressed those concerns, along with accusations that getting a spot on quick pick is pay to play.
"If you on it, you love it. If you're not on it, you've got some questions," Brown said. "To be clear, Corrine quick picks is my choice. And I make it quite clear that these are my choices and you can vote for anybody that you want to. And clearly I pay to print Corrine Quick-Picks."
The chamber of commerce sheriff, the newspaper and other entities do endorsements, and Brown says she is no different.
"I'm not telling you how to vote, I'm telling you this is my recommendation. This is how when I go in the booth, how I voted. But how you vote is left up to you," said Brown.
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