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BREAKING: Superdelegates Boyd & Betty Richie to Endorse Obama

by: Karl-Thomas Musselman

Thu May 29, 2008 at 08:13 PM CDT

According to sources in both presidential campaigns, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie and his wife and DNC member Betty Richie will announce their public support for Barack Obama.

Both are Democratic superdelegates, though as chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, Boyd Richie's superdelegate vote is dependent upon his re-election at the Texas State Democratic Convention June 6-7. Barack Obama's delegates are expected to  control the Texas convention by a margin of at least 10% points.

This brings both Obama in parity (14-14) to Clinton among Texas confirmed announced superdelegates according to Burnt Orange Report. Only 4 remain unannounced or with their own unique "issues"- Congressman Nick Lampson, DNC Member Linda Chavez-Thompson, Former DNC Member Bob Strauss, and Young Democrats of American President David Hardt.

Update: One of them is now official. Here is the statement from Boyd Richie.

"Today, I am proud to announce my support for Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States. I believe Senator Obama is the candidate who can best provide the leadership and change Texans desire. Too many Texas families find themselves unable to make ends meet, much less save and invest in the future, due to Republican policies that burden the middle class and divide Americans. Senator Obama has the skill and ability to unite Americans from all walks of life and put our country back on the right track."

"I am also grateful for Senator Obama's commitment to help build the Texas Democratic Party. Senator Obama and his campaign understand something that Texans have known for at least a couple of years - that when Democratic candidates invest the time and resources necessary, Texas Democrats have the numbers to compete and win across every region of our great state. We made progress in 2006, and in 2008, the Texas Democratic Party is more energized, better organized, and we are poised to make significant gains this fall."

"This was a difficult decision to make, because I have great respect for Senator Clinton and her Texas supporters. I sincerely appreciate how hard she worked in Texas to deliver a message that resonated with so many voters, and I commend her campaign and the important role she played in the historic participation our Party is experiencing this year. As always, the Texas Democratic Party will conduct party business with absolute fairness and respect for every Democrat, without regard to whom one supports in the primary or convention, and I am confident Texas Democrats will unite and work together side by side to win this November."

And Betty Richie's statement...

"Today, I am proud to announce my support for Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States. As a member of the DNC representing the Non-Urban/Ag Caucus, I strongly believe Senator Obama can provide the leadership rural Texas needs and deserves. Under the current Republican
administration, rural Texas has clearly been put out to pasture. Whether it is trying to deal with skyrocketing diesel fuel prices or having access to quality healthcare, Republican politicians continue to ignore our needs."

"Under Senator Obama's administration, there is no doubt the issues of concern to rural Texas will be put front and center. The futures of our families are far too important to leave in the hands of any Republican. It is time for a Democrat to put our country and our state back on the right track."

"Because I have such great respect for Senator Clinton and her historic campaign, this endorsement was not easy to make. But I believe in my heart it is the right decision for rural Texas and the Texas Democratic Party. It is time for our Party to unite and move forward to victory in November. Only by working together can we accomplish this goal."


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Jaw falls to the floor (0.00 / 0)
Seriously - I'm floored.  Well that is amazing news!

Good for the Richies!


Thank You Boyd and Betty!!! (0.00 / 0)

Now comes the fun part . . . (0.00 / 0)
beating John McCain.

John McCain is not a moderate.

Now for the last 4 supers (0.00 / 0)
Now if we can get the last four supers to commit.  There's no excuse for this to go on any longer. Sen. Reid and Congresswoman Pelosi have called for all the supers to commit by the end of next week.  Let's see if the last four can actually call the ball and commit, regardless of their "organizational issues."  The longer we keep dragging this contest out and the more we spend on it the less we have to fight John McCain.  We're committed but we're not insanely rich.

my read (0.00 / 0)
Bob Strauss (former DNC chair) won't until it's all said and done or maybe as part of a set of supers to end this thing as per his column earlier this month. Linda Chavez-Thompson, who knows, she's a total mystery. Rep. Lampson doesn't want to endorse at all because he needs every activist he can keep for re-election but could be part of the congressional set that will announce collectively to end it. David Hardt has been a disappointment on all this. Voted for Clinton in the primary, but because he was YDA chair and all the youth support Obama didn't make it official. I'm not sure what has been gained by that strategy in either world.  

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David Hardt cannot endorse as a superdelegate... (2.00 / 1)
until all the primaries are completed, per the rules of the Young Democrats of America. To do otherwise would be to possibly face sanctions, up to and including removal from office.

David has been a fantastic president for YDA, and will work hard for the Democratic nominee in the Fall.

I'm glad to see Boyd and Betty come out for Obama so strongly before the convention. Boyd's been leading the Texas Democratic Party into a much brighter future, as shown by the strong gains we made in 2006, and this endorsement further establishes him as a forward-looking leader who's ready to take Texas Democrats back to the majority.

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can you point to the rule? (0.00 / 0)
Because I'm kind of surprised that hasn't been pointed out before. Including from David when I've heckled him about this at events. :)

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Yes (5.00 / 1)

Article XII - General Provisions

SECTION 1205 Endorsements. It shall be the policy of the Young Democrats of America National Officers, National Committee, Convention, Committees, Regional Caucuses and Caucuses, not to provide official endorsements to any candidate in a contested primary election. Unit and local organizations are not bound by this policy, but are urged to carefully consider to possible organizational risks of such an endorsement"

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Well, good to know (0.00 / 0)
Kind of like University Democrats constitution barring presidential endorsements. Of course Byron had a fit when I threatened to challenge that in 2004. =P

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Why Hillary is the Strongest Candidate (2.00 / 2)
Dear Democratic Friends,  As a strong Democrat, Chairman of the Texas Democratic Veterans, on the DNC Veterans & Military Families Council, a USAF Academy Graduate, I can clearly tell you that Hillary Clinton is the most Mission Ready individual to be our next Commander-In-Chief.  She will stand head and above shoulders against John McCain. John McCain is a War Hero having survived torture as a POW and is respected for his service to our Country.  We need a leader like Hillary Clinton with strong credentials that are proven in the military, veterans and National Security arena to counter his record.  The American Legion gave Hillary Clinton an award in 2004 as an Unsung Hero for her diligent and unwavering support to the military,veterans and their family members.  I have been proud to give my loyal support to Hillary Clinton for the past 15 months.  She is by far the best qualified candidate.

For course as a strong Democrat, I will whole-heartedly support our ticket and get our Presidential candidate elected.  

I personally am in favor first for a Clinton-Obama ticket and second for a Obama-Clinton ticket as there is excitment in both camps and we need to look at our US history and learn from how Kennedy and Johnson came together for the good of our Party and our great Country.  There is room for everyone in our Democratic Party tent and we must respect all of our Party members, Obama and Clinton supporters.  Having both candidates on the ticket would make it much easier for us to bond together the few months we have left to compete against Mc Cain.  Thanks for being great Democrats and I look forward to beating John McCain.



Why Hillary is the Strongest Candidate
by Lindsay Levin5/28/2008 3:41:21 PMIn a letter and memo sent to superdelegates today, Hillary lays out the case for why she is the strongest candidate to put together a winning coalition and beat John McCain in the Fall.

Hillary has earned more votes than anyone in the history of the Democratic primaries, and she will lead in the popular vote with more than 17 million ballots cast when the primaries conclude on June 3rd.

Not only is Hillary the top vote-getter, poll after poll shows she fares better against Sen. McCain in large swing states than Sen. Obama. She is the only candidate winning in the battlegrounds of Ohio and Florida.

Hillary's candidacy has attracted a broad coalition of new voters. In fact, the highest increases in turnout have come among her core supporters-millions of new women, Latinos and people over 45 voted in the primaries for the first time.

In the coming days, superdelegates will have a clear choice: who is ready to serve as President on day one and who is best able to beat John McCain in November? When you look at her wins in the important swing states and her strength against Sen. McCain in head-to-head matchups, there's no question that Hillary is the strongest candidate.  

mission ready (3.00 / 2)
Larry can you please explain what facts point to the statement espoused by supporters as "... that Hillary Clinton is the most Mission Ready individual to be our next Commander-In-Chief?"  From what I have seen regarding her statements she has exagerated her situation in the Balkans, has never really had a substantial role in any foreign policy issues, or really played in anything I would consider critical for "mission ready."

Regarding votes, every time the votes issue comes up it comes with the inclusion of FL and MI, both of which are contestable races.  MI because Sen. Obama played by the rules and kept his name off the ballot and FL because Sen. Obama played by the rules and did not campaign in FL.  If we exclude MI and FL, contestable races, Obama leads the popular vote by over 450,000 votes.  Include FL where he was on the ballot and he still leads by over 163,000 votes. Over 40% of MI votes cast were Uncommitted which can only be attributable to frustrated Obama supporters who could not have their votes counted.  That would put Obama ahead of Clinton if they were counted.

So let's cut through the rhetorical statements that Sen. Clinton leads the popular vote.  It's a false claim that can't be backed by fact.

Every time a bar is hit by Obama, Sen. Clinton keeps moving the bar of victory a little further.  Come the end of next week Sen. Obama will be the nominee and we need all the rhetoric to stop and Sen. Clinton to concede.

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Don't abuse the rating system (0.00 / 0)
There's no clear reason the above comment should be rated a 1. There are disagreements in this primary but we should all respect each other as Democrats. We will be united soon.

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Back to the Senate (0.00 / 0)
Hillary and her passionate supporters are probably pretty frustrated to of fought so hard and now to of been defeated in the democratic nomination. I'm sure Clinton supporter really want to see Clinton stay in a powerful roll in Washington so may I commercialize on the suggestions that have been thrown around all week...


Hillary for Senate Majority Leader?

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Amazing Obama (3.00 / 2)
It is absolutely amazing what Barack Obama has been able to do while up against the Clinton "machine". The excitement is definitely building up for him! Check out this picture to bring along to the convention or to have at home if you're not able to attend.


15 for Clinton, 14 for Obama (0.00 / 0)
First from R.G. Ratcliffe, he mentions 15 Texas Supers for Clinton and now 14 for Obama.


According to the New York Times, Strauss has endorsed Clinton.


See the link for Strauss (0.00 / 0)
He's not endorsing. His tagging as Clinton by the NYT has been there for a coupe months.

This was written 2 weeks ago.

Strauss is unaligned.  

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I'm surprised (0.00 / 0)
that they would make this endorsement before the convention.  We never did get the caucus results but in the primary, Clinton won so wouldn't that give her more delegates at the convention, which would mean that she wins Texas??  If so, what does it mean that the party chair endorses contrary to the votes of the party?  I'm very confused by all of this.

Obama will have more delegates out of Texas -- thus, he won (3.00 / 2)
Here's a post we wrote explaining the breakdown:


Now, a very great man once said that some people rob you with a fountain pen.

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Why today and not next week? (0.00 / 0)
Richie's endorsing before the convention isn't strange, especially since there's a lot of pressure on all superdelegates to show their cards. It also reduces the chance of any challenge to his chairmanship from the Obama camp (e.g. Roy Laverne Brooks' rumored run)

What I don't understand is why anybody is endorsing right now, with the last primaries just 4 days away. Wouldn't it make more sense to let PR, SD and MT have their say and then weigh in on Tuesday night or Wednesday?

BTW, caucus results were announced a long time ago-- Obama got more county delegates, by about 55-45, and then got more state delegates, again by about 55-45. He gets more caucus-based national delegates, she gets more primary-based national delegates, and the total is a slim majority for Obama.  

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Uncommitteds (0.00 / 0)
It looks like there are 198 uncommitted superdelegates, but that number includes the Democrats Abroad who only have half votes, some delegates that won't be named until just before the convention, and folks like Dean and Gore who are unlikely to say anything until this is decided.

Still, it looks like there are more than enough superdelegates to bring this to a close next week.  Also, after next week, the uncommitted superdelegates will run a risk of waiting too long to declare.  Once the nominee is decided, the political value of their declaration will greatly diminish.

<b>Barack on the Top of the Ticket = McCain Wins!</b> (0.00 / 0)
Barack can't win in November.  PLEASE, talk some sense into your Democratic peers!  

There are too many scandals and there will be too much doubt from the 50+up centrist Democrats.  Many of the 'youth voters' he 'energized' in the red states will be AWOL in November (as historic youth voting trends have shown.)  

I believe McCain & his supports will go 'all the way' with Obama's very liberal voting record, youthful inexperience, 'tabloid gay crack' scandal, Rev. Wright, William Ayres, his elitist 'sound bites' from speeches and factual errors -- the end result is older Americans will be 'scared' into voting for McCain for 'security & experience reasons.' These voters will be persuaded to see John as 'the better of our 2 choices.'

Barack IS a great speaker, but he IS ALSO unelectable in November's General Election.  I will vote for him if he is the nominee, but many Democrats will not & we will have 4 more years of Republican Executive leadership.  

I have lost all respect for Senator Kennedy & Bill Richardson and all of the other ranking Democrats who are backing Obama. They are utterly deluded in thinking that Obama will win in November.  

Clinton CAN WIN, and we can't afford 4 more years of war, international scorn & 'business first' while our nation's teachers & infrastructure goes neglected.  We need progressive thinking & we must not lose the white house to the Republican bandits again!

Kindest Regards,

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