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Sweet blog extra: Obama camp picks up endorsement of African-American Chicago aldermen.


WASHINGTON--White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is announcing Thursday the backing of all the African-American members of Chicago's City Council.




CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago City Council’s African American members today unanimously endorsed Barack Obama for President today, citing his two decades of service to Illinois as a community organizer, State and U.S. Senator. The aldermen committed to translating the strong grassroots support for Obama’s candidacy throughout Chicago and Illinois into an expansive organization ready to turn out the vote on February 5th and to boost the campaign’s efforts in the early states.

“Barack Obama has served our communities for two decades, empowering people in poor communities to change their lives, and building coalitions to unite Democrats, Republicans, and the disenfranchised to get things done,” said Alderman Isaac “Ike” Carrothers. “Because of Barack Obama, thousands more of our children have health care coverage, our justice system is more fair, and people who never thought change was possible have been inspired to participate in the political process. It’s our turn to deliver for our Senator who has delivered so much for our families, by building an organization that will turn out voters on February 5th and educate early state residents about Barack Obama’s leadership in Illinois.”

“As voters around the country to get to know Barack Obama, they’ll find out what we in Chicago already know – he’s a leader who stands up to special interests and gives a voice to underrepresented communities that rarely get a seat at the table,” said Alderwoman Toni Preckwinkle. “We know Barack Obama will bring change we can believe in because we have seen him bring opportunity to communities that have little and hope that together we can make a difference. We’re asking Chicagoans to come out in force for Barack, not only to make sure their friends and neighbors vote on February 5th, but to send a message so that voters across the country know he is the president who will bring about change.”

The Chicago Alderman that today endorsed Barack Obama are:

Ald. Pat Dowell

Ald. Toni Preckwinkle

Ald. Leslie Hairston

Ald. Fredrenna Lyle

Ald. Sandi Jackson

Ald. Michelle Harris

Ald. Anthony Beale

Ald. Toni Foulkes

Ald. Joann Thompson

Ald. Latasha Thomas

Ald. Lona Lane

Ald. Willie Cochran

Ald. Howard Brookins

Ald. Sharon Denise Dixon

Ald. Walter Burnett

Ald. Ed Smith

Ald. Ike Carrothers

Ald. Carrie Austin

Ald. Emma Mitts


100% of the black alderman support Obama? What a shock! I guess there is not a lot of "diversity" of thought among those black alderman.

I have endorsed barack Obama so what's your point? Some worthless politicians endorsed Barack Obama so what!

I heard if Obama wins the nomination, he is going to pick ex-alderman Dorothy Tillman as his running mate.

Birds of a feather flock together. Obama fits right in with that crowd.

The Black Alderman had better endorse Obama! Why not! They've always endorsed White candidates,ever since they so eloquently gave us the right to vote, a couple of years ago. We are always voting for White candidates, who never have our best interest at all. We as African Americans are simply tired. Tired of the Bulls#@#! Even if he doesn't win the Presidency, he tried. White people have destroyed and ruled long enough. The World is now tired of this arrogant, white supremist, narcissist global crap, the U.S is trying to push on every other nation. They are starting to rebel, and it looks bad for White America. Unless the Policy makers and the Government, starts to look like the rest of it's population, and not of one race. We will countinue to have World problems as well as major race issue's in America. So to the Alderman, who will back Obama, I salute you. Start looking out for your own, because no one else will. They look out for theirs, so lets look out for ours.

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