White House hopeful Barack Obama, after picking up a fresh supply of white shirts in Washington, hits the road again and stays on it for almost a week, taking advantage of the upcoming Senate recess.
He stumps in the early primary state of South Carolina on Friday and Saturday, heading to Richmond, Va. to headline Saturday evening the Virgnia state Democratic party Jefferson-Jackson dinner. He's expected to pick up the formal endorsement of his second governor, Timothy Kaine of Virginia. This early endorsement from Kaine, a Southern Democratic may help Obama in South Carolina.
Illinois Gov.Rod Blagojevich is for Obama but is not making a big deal about it. He was in Springfield for the Obama kickoff Saturday. He told my Sun-Times colleague political writer Scott Fornek "I am very much for him and you know I talked to him about helping him along the way, raising money, that kind of thing....and I am eager to help him raise money."
Could it be that the Obama team did not want a spalshy endorsement session with Blagojevich because of the scandals surrounding the governor and a controversial donor they share, the indicted Tony Rezko?
Obama will be stumping in the coming days in South Carolina, Virginia, California, Texas, Nevada and Iowa.
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from the AP....
Virginia governor to endorse Obama
By BOB LEWIS Associated Press Writer February 14, 2007 RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will endorse Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, perhaps as early as the weekend, two officials said Wednesday. Kaine, a Democrat who took office last year, has decided to endorse the Illinois senator in his bid for the party nomination, according to two officials with political ties to the governor. They spoke on the condition they not be identified because the decision had not been made public. Obama will headline the Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day fundraising gala in Richmond on Saturday night, an event Kaine will attend along with Democratic Sen. Jim Webb and former Gov. Mark R. Warner. Kaine has a strong political relationship with Obama, who traveled to Virginia the past two years to campaign for Kaine's gubernatorial campaign in 2005 and for Webb last fall. Copyright © 2007, Newport News, Va., Daily Press