The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is staying silent about a Tea Party Republican's bid to join the group.
Rep.-elect Allen West (R-Fla.) indicated last week he intends to join the CBC to challenge the group's "monolithic voice."
"We've got to turn this thing around, and I think it's time for some different voices to be in that body politic."
A CBC spokesperson on Monday declined to comment on West's bid.
The CBC is currently made up of 41 House members and outgoing Sen. Roland Burris (Ill.) — all Democrats.
West and Congressman-elect Tim Scott (R-S.C.) are the first black Republicans to win House seats since Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) retired in 2003.
The New York Times has reported that Scott hasn't yet decided whether he'll join the CBC.