However, multiple sources within the White House and outside of the administration with firsthand knowledge of her relationships with the black community tell ABC News they feel Manigault Newman, during her tumultuous 11-month tenure, turned off many of the constituencies with whom she’d promised to build bridges.
“There was nothing on substance that she would add,” Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, told ABC News. “There was nothing she could deliver other than photo ops. Clearly no one really knew what she was doing in the first place.” Meeks said.
Several sources within the administration and others hailing from high profile black organizations say Manigault Newman failed on one of her first big outreach efforts when she confronted, cursed and scolded six key members of the Congressional Black Congress following a high-profile cabinet room meeting with the President on March 22.