Saturday, May 12, 2007

Newark mayor Booker to back Obama

Posted by Christi Parsons at the Chicago Tribune online:

Sen. Barack Obama will pick up a significant endorsement on Monday when Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker formally announces he is supporting the Illinois Democrat in the presidential primary.

The backing of Booker, a rising African-American politician in his own right, is an early coup for Obama in the battle for the support of black leadership.

But Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) is waging a formidable fight, fueled by longstanding good relations between her family and African American voters. And she already has a perceived leg-up in New Jersey, where she has the backing of Gov. Jon Corzine.

Booker is expected to make his endorsement official in Newark on Monday, shortly before Obama pays a visit to AFL-CIO leaders in Trenton. Sources familiar with the decision say Booker will play a key role in Obama's campaign in New Jersey, which will hold one of the early February presidential primaries next year.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Mr said...

Do you know if there will be a public appearance with Booker & Obama? Where and what time today?

2:19 PM, May 14, 2007  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Considering that Booker has announced he will be part of the Obama campaign's New Jersey leadership, I think we can count on several appearances together over the next few months.

3:19 PM, May 14, 2007  

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