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Feb. 14, 2008 at 4:10pm

Crisis Averted? Clinton Superdelegates switching to Obama


As some have predicted, at least one superdelegate has switched from Clinton to Obama given the majority of citizen "pledged delegates" Obama has received:

Christine "Roz" Samuels, a former Clinton superdelegate from New Jersey who announced this morning she was switching her support to Barack Obama, provided this exclusive interview with HuffPost's OffTheBus member Beverly Davis.

"This is America. I have freedom of speech and freedom of choice and I'm free to change my vote. I don't have to answer to anyone except God and my conscience," said Christine "Roz" Samuels as she switched her SuperDelegate vote from Clinton to Obama.

Asked if she had heard from the Clintons before or since she made her SuperDelegate switchover, Samuels said, "I haven't heard from the Clintons and to be truthful, I guess I'm not that important to them. I'm only one of 13 SuperDelegates in New Jersey and I'm following my heart."

The problem still is that the political insider "superdelegates" are in contradiction to the voter wishes.

Question : when will Washington State superdelagates adhere to the Washington State voter caucus result and switch proportionally as well?

comments [3]  |  posted under clinton, obama, washington politics


by Erik on 2/14/2008 @ 4:33pm
Superdelegate switch No. 2 and possibly No. 3:

Black Lawmakers Rethinking Support For Clinton

One of Hillary Rodham Clinton's black congressional supporters says he intends to vote for Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention, and a second is openly discussing a possible switch.

Georgia Congressman David Scott says he intends to vote for Obama, citing the wishes of his constituents. He represents a district that gave more than 80 percent of its vote to Obama in Georgia's Democratic primary earlier this month.


by Erik on 2/14/2008 @ 6:20pm
No. 3 superdelegate switch confirmed:

MILWAUKEE – Representative John Lewis, an iconic figure from the Civil Rights era and one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most prominent black supporters, said Thursday night that he planned to cast his vote as a superdelegate for Senator Barack Obama in hopes of preventing a fight at the Democratic convention.

Candidate Topic PagesMore Politics News“In recent days, there is a sense of movement and a sense of spirit,” said Mr. Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who endorsed Mrs. Clinton last fall. “Something is happening in America and people are prepared and ready to make that great leap.”


by Erik on 2/14/2008 @ 7:35pm
More superdelegate fun:

And David Wilhelm, who managed Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign, endorsed Obama on Wednesday. "It's time for superdelegates to begin ratifying the choice of Democratic primary voters," he said.

Wilhelm, an Ohio venture capitalist and himself a superdelegate, said superdelegates who bought in too early to the idea that Clinton was the inevitable nominee are "the only reason this race appears to be closer than it actually is," and he expects some to switch.

"If superdelegates overrule the choice of Democratic primary voters, that would be a very difficult and divisive scenario for the party," he said.


MoveOn.org, perhaps the largest democratic web site in the nation, is having a petition drive.

Sign the Petition

Full petition text:

"The Democratic Party must be democratic. The superdelegates should let the voters decide between Clinton and Obama, then support the people's choice."


They will apparently have a full page ad in USA Today urging the superdelegates to support the vote of citizen voters and not to try to override them.

This issue is growing statewide and nationally very quickly.