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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