Monday, January 14, 2008

Barack Obama Endorsements [January 4-14]

Barack Obama has received a number of important endorsements in the last ten days [i.e. January 4-14. For a current list, see Running List of Obama Endorsements.  For the Kennedy endoresment, see Obama Endorsements January 14-28.  (updated 2/4/08)]:
  • Culinary Workers Local 226 (largest union in Nevada, state with the next primary)
  • Senator John Kerry (of Massachusetts, former presidential candidate)
  • Senator Claire McCaskill (of Missouri, vowed to work hard for Obama)
  • Governor Janet Napolitano (of Arizona)
  • Former Senator Bill Bradley (of New Jersey, former presidential candidate)
  • Congressman George Miller (of California, close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, liberal Democrat)
  • Governor Jim Doyle (of Wisconsin)
  • Senator Ben Nelson (of Nebraska, a conservative Democrat)
  • Senator Tim Johnson (of South Dakota, a moderate Democrat)
  • Mayor Shirley Franklin (of Atlanta)
Here are three powerful politicians who have not endorsed yet, and who may well stay neutral:
  • Former Vice President Al Gore
  • Senator Barbara Boxer (of California)
  • Former President Jimmy Carter
Any one of them would be a great help to Obama (I think they would do less for Clinton).  Sen. Boxer is said to be close to both Clinton and Obama.  If you are in California and you support Obama, I ask you to consider writing her asking her to endorse him.

On a personal note, I can't help mentioning that Connecticut State Representative David McCluskey, a friend of mine from college, has also endorsed Obama.