NAACP Pledges "Strong Support" For Controversial AG Eric Holder

It was on and then off. When it was back on, it was on. Kind of.

Mid-morning Tuesday, United States Attorney General Eric Holder, who had canceled his Monday appearance on account of an airplane delay, addressed the delegates of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People meeting in Houston.

He touched upon all sorts of topics, ranging from combating hate crimes and police misconduct to the "too little outrage and not enough action" phenomenon amongst African-Americans when it comes to educational opportunities.

Holder also talked about the voter ID law, which has been a major topic thus far at the 103rd NAACP Annual Convention.

But predictably, during a 22-minute chit-chat at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the embattled Holder, who's facing a congressional contempt sanction for withholding documents related to the mishandled Operation Fast and Furious, said nothing about the hot water he's in, aside from a potentially subtle hint: "It's really good to be out of Washington D.C."

Operation Fast and Furious, spearheaded by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, went awry when the ATF lost track of firearms that were purposely routed to suspected gun smugglers in Mexico. The federal sting was originally concocted so that arms could be traced to Mexican drug cartel kingpins.

Following Holden's speech, NAACP delegates passed an emergency resolution showing "strong support" of Holden. A CNN poll, released on Monday, showed that 53 percent of Americans are cool with the House's vote on June 28 to hold Holder in contempt.

The 103rd NAACP Annual Convention continues through Thursday at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Scheduled speakers include GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

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Steve Jansen is a contributing writer for the Houston Press.
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