DALLAS -- South Dallas minister Frederick D. Haynes III said the "deal breaker" in his bid for president of the NAACP was his desire to remain as senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church, the 12,000-member congregation he has led for 25 years.
In an afternoon news conference, Haynes said he believes he could have remained as pastor while fulfilling his duties as president of the NAACP. He said he "was very disappointed" not to win the post, but said that the NAACP and its new president, Benjamin Todd Jealous, can count on his prayers and support.
Haynes said he harbors no ill will toward NAACP leadership. He said he will continue to work for social justice, will not consider the organization's presidency again and plans to remain at Friendship-West Baptist Church until he retires.
"I do not regret my commitment to the church," Haynes said.