Wilson’s accomplishments in Congress have been scant. She has sponsored 14 bills since she was elected in 2010. None has passed in the do-nothing Congress, where Republicans control the U.S. House and Democrats control the Senate. She has co-sponsored another 288 bills.
Wilson, who underwent surgery last year, also has a reputation for missing votes — 9 percent — which is worse than the median proportion of missed votes in the House, 2.4 percent.
The residents of the district don’t seem to care. Many feel she speaks for the black community as a whole.
One voter who lives in the district, Roseline Philippe of the Haiti Cherie Heritage Foundation, said it’s tough to choose between Moise and Wilson.
If Moise loses his second straight race, “people could see him as always the bridesmaid, never the bride,” she said. “People might see him as more of a community type rather than a political figure. And now he’s challenging an incumbent who has shown she can deliver.”
President Obama believes so, making the rare decision to endorse Wilson, an early and vocal supporter of the president.
This spring Haiti’s president, Michel Martelly, made a rare decision for a foreign leader and entered the fray of a congressional race, endorsing Moise.
“It is very important for Haiti to stand behind Rudy Moise,” Martelly told a Miami Creole-language radio station. “When I say Haiti, Haitians in Haiti; Haitians in the diaspora.”
Wilson resented the comments and essentially told Martelly to worry about his country.
“I am constantly advocating for Haiti in Congress and all across the nation," Wilson told The Herald. “This is what the Haitian people need their president to do as well — not for him to be meddling in United States congressional elections.”