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Jim Dunnam, Pete Gallego Endorse Obama Campaign


by: Matt Glazer

Thu Feb 14, 2008 at 00:41 PM CST


Rounding out the House Democratic Leadership, Jim Dunnam has endorsed Barack Obama for President.

It gives me great pride to endorse Barack Obama for President.  The constituents I serve, and all the people of Texas, are tired of politics as usual.  In Texas -- and across the rest of the country -- we want a president who will finally put doing what is right above corporate special interests and radical partisan agendas.  We want change we can believe in, not the same old Washington-style promises made and promises broken.

Texas House Democrats are fighting hard to improve our public schools and bring health coverage to the uninsured.  With Barack Obama as president, we will have a remarkable ally in achieving those vital goals and many more.

Rep. Dunnam joins Rep. Pete Gallego and Rep. Garnet Coleman in endorsing Sen. Obama.  This unity among House Democratic leaders shows the diversity of support Obama is building in the Lone Star state and the positive impact he should have in down ballot races.

Rep. Gallego told the Rio Grande Guardian earlier this week, "I just think he has this ability, an almost unnatural ability. His cadence, is very, very, good. He can really excite the mind."

Gallego is the Chair of the non-partisan Mexican American Legislative Caucus which comprises mostly Hispanic members of the Texas House of Representatives. Gallego told the Guardian he was in the process of contacting other Democrats in MALC to see who they are lining up for in the presidential election which could dramatically cut into Clinton's base.

"Part of what drives me is his life story. It's a fascinating life story. It's more than just the issues, it's his values. I think Hispanics and South Texas should really be able to relate to him."

Most interesting about these three endorsements is that it covers Houston, Central Texas (where unpledged superdelegate Chet Edwards lives), and the expansive West Texas region.  In addition to the turf these endorsements cover, these are three major leaders in the Texas House with access to influence makers and voters a like.  

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