The news this morning that former congressman and now mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner admitted to sexual harassment charges. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/11/filner-responds-sexual-harassment-allegations/
Filner’s lineage is that his father was head of Communist Party Pennsylvania and a leading figure in Communist Party USA. Part of Filner’s reputation is that he came down to the South to “help” in the Civil Rights Movement.
One thing that the VAST majority are unaware of that a great many of the whites who came from up north to “help” fight for Civil Rights were actually down here to set up communist cells in black communities. Most of them were secular Jews from the Northeast U.S. While I can no longer find it, LA state senator Jesse Knowles, Lake Charles, LA headed a committee investigating this in the 1960’s. I read the report in the early 1970’s. Knowles was a very honorable man, and enjoyed support of those from all ethnic backgrounds. He was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. Yes he was a Democrat, as EVERYONE, except yankee transplants to the South was back in those days. However, he was more conservative than most any legislator we have today.
BTW, it does stick in my craw when the claim is made that the “solid Democrat South” was all racist. While that is true in many instances, it is not entirely true. There was other stuff going on in the 50’s & 60’s, such as communist infiltration of the South from the Northeast urban areas.