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Ray Nagin Endorses The Chocolate Candidate

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

Nagin endorses Obama for president

by Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune
Tuesday May 13, 2008

WASHINGTON – New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin endorsed Barack Obama for president today, giving the Illinois Democrat another superdelegate in his battle for the Democratic nomination.

“Since the immediate days following the storm, I have been traveling to our nation’s capitol to advocate for policies that aid our rebuilding effort,” Nagin said in a statement released by the Obama campaign. “I know first hand, we desperately need the leadership of someone committed to changing the system in Washington that can hold us back from moving forward.”

Obama said he shares Nagin’s commitment to “renewing the great city of New Orleans.” He also called the restoration of the city “one of the great national challenges of our time.”

“I look forward to working with him and all New Orleanians to prepare for the storms that may come while advancing opportunity and prosperity for the people of the great American city,” Obama said.

The Obama campaign said Nagin is the 283rd superdelegate to endorse the candidate, putting him ahead of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., in support among the elected officials and other Democrats who aren’t tied to supporting the winners of their state’s primaries.

Nagin spoke by phone with Obama and Clinton last week and discussed the recovery issues that drove his decision, including upgrading the nation’s emergency response systems and removing “roadblocks” that hinder communities’ ability to regain their footing after a disaster, Nagin spokeswoman Ceeon Quiett said Tuesday morning.

“At the end of the day, the mayor was most conformable with Sen. Obama,” she said.

Quiett added that there was nothing strategic about the timing of Nagin’s decision. Scores of uncommitted superdelegates have said they will wait to choose sides until the end of the primaries and caucuses, or even until the nominating convention in late August.

“(Nagin) was going to make his decision when the felt like his all his issues had been addressed,” she said…

Until now, only three of the state’s 11 superdelegates had announced their allegiances, with former New Orleans City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt and Democratic National Committeewoman Patsy Arceneaux in the Clinton camp and former state party Chairman Ben Jeffers siding with Obama.

The remaining superdelegates, most of them elected officials, are publicly neutral, joining more than 250 leading party figures around the country who ultimately will decide which candidate faces presumptive Republican nominee John McCain.

Of course Mr. Obama is merely milk chocolate. But any port in a storm.

And of course Mr. Nagin would be a superdelegate. The DNC want only the best and brightest to select their candidate.

Obama said he shares Nagin’s commitment to “renewing the great city of New Orleans.” He also called the restoration of the city “one of the great national challenges of our time.”

Just remember, a vote for Obama is a vote for sending even more billions to those poor victims in New Orleans.

A city built below sea level and surrounded on all sides by water.


Yes they can!

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