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Rapper Cornbreadd Now Running For Congress UPDATED

UPDATE (Feb. 24, 5:04 p.m.): The fundraiser has been moved to Check Other Outfitters, 2507 Bagby.

Rapper and 2009 Houston Press cover subject Cornbreadd, aka Maurice Duhon Jr., has just announced his candidacy for Congress. Duhon is running as an independent for Texas' 18th District, trying to unseat longtime incumbent Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.

"Although I am fervently proud of both our district and our city, I believe we can do better," Duhon says on his campaign's Web site. "The current instability of our financial markets, a rising rate of poverty, and a massive national debt are just a few of the reasons why we must do better.

"I plan to introduce and participate in an evolved and updated political conversation with the residents and business owners of the 18th district and her surrounding areas," he adds.

Cornbreadd Duhon dialed back his musical career as a rapper and member of Tha Fucking Transmissions more than a year ago, when he began writing his blog PoliticalAbyss.

He will host one of the most interestingly titled campaign fundraisers we've ever heard of, "WHO and WHAT is an Uncle Tom? A Retrospective Conversation" at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Feb. 29, at the Eldorado Ballroom.

Rocks Off is about to reach out to Duhon and try to find out more about his campaign. Hopefully we'll have more information on the first rapper to run for Congress (that we know of) in a day or two.


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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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