Indiana superdelegate, who chaired DNC under Bill Clinton, abandons Hillary for Obama




There’s been a lot of superdelegate activity lately. We haven’t been tracking all of them, but Obama is gaining on Clinton in that one category of delegates where she’s always led. This morning, 2008 Democratic Convention Watch has Clinton’s margin at 260 – 243, and that’s going to keep changing.

Today, we learn that a Clinton super, who used to run the DNC during the Bill Clinton era, is switching to Obama:

A leader of the Democratic Party under Bill Clinton has switched his allegiance to Barack Obama and is encouraging fellow Democrats to “heal the rift in our party” and unite behind the Illinois senator.

Joe Andrew, who was Democratic National Committee chairman from 1999-2001, planned a news conference Thursday in his hometown of Indianapolis to urge other Hoosiers to support Obama in Tuesday’s primary, perhaps the most important contest left in the White House race. He also has written a lengthy letter explaining his decision that he plans to send to other superdelegates.

“I am convinced that the primary process has devolved to the point that it’s now bad for the Democratic Party,” Andrew said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

This is actually a very interesting development. Clinton’s superdelegate strength has come from party insiders — that might be starting to crack. Maybe we can actually wrap this thing up.

Also, just in, Obama picked up 3 more superdelegates from Illinois today.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

Share This Post

© 2021 AMERICAblog Media, LLC. All rights reserved. · Entries RSS