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Obama's Grassroots New York Campaign

By Robin Shulman
NEW YORK -- New York may be Sen. Hillary Clinton's home turf, but the Obama campaign is targeting four heavily African American congressional districts in New York City, says State Senator Bill Perkins of Harlem, an Obama supporter, as well as ethnically mixed and majority-white areas throughout the state.

The African American city neighborhoods include Harlem in Manhattan, Bedford-Stuyvesant, East New York and Brownsville in Brooklyn, and the middle-class, high home-ownership communities of southeast Queens.

"Those are districts where there's strong, strong support," said Perkins. "But we're also able to qualify delegates throughout the state." Perkins has also been campaigning for Obama outside the city. "Each of those congressional districts and districts throughout the state have a grassroots operation that will be meaningful in terms of getting out votes," he said. "I don't want to say we're limiting ourselves."

"There are effectively 29 campaigns," noted Joyce Johnson, the Obama state field director, one for each of the state's 29 congressional districts. Many supporters are young and white, she said -- a profile shared by Obama's core supporters in Iowa, Nevada, and New Hampshire.

Much of the operation has been grassroots; when official Obama organizers came to the scene in October, they found that small groups had already formed, said Johnson. Today, she's one of only two staff campaign workers in New York.

"It's a proportional state, so we can win a lot of delegates without winning a lot of votes," said Diana Cihak, who is organizing the Obama campaign in Buffalo and Rochester. She said that about 1,000 volunteers have signed up to campaign in her area, mostly since Obama won Iowa.

The most recent polls show Clinton with a strong lead throughout her home state.

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reappropriate in her blog http://www.reappropriate.com/?p=1023
has an excellent suggestion with example to start a letter writing campaign supporting Obama's position

Posted by: deogh1 | February 26, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

laplumelefirmament, Soy Latina tambien. Naci en Nueva york, ahora vivo en el Sur. Estoy trabajando mucho para que mi familia en Nueva York voten por Obama, pero calmate por favor. Nos haces ver como locos. Esta guerra es un desastre y mi sobrino acaba de llegar de alla, vote por Clinton para Senadora y es inperdonable lo que ella ha hecho.

So please, just chill.

Posted by: vitana1900 | February 3, 2008 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Clinton experience is a myth.

If Obama is elected President, he will take office with as much, or more, experience as an elected official than any other president in the past 30 years - more than Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush; the same as George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton; and significantly more than Hillary Clinton.

His smaller amount of time at the Federal level - which is still more than the zero amount of time Bill Clinton had in Washington before he was elected President - is often used as an excuse to imply that he lacks foreign policy experience. However, his opposition to the Iraq war certainly shows much better judgment in foreign affairs than both of the Senators left in the race, McCain and Clinton, neither of whom will admit that their votes were WRONG.

In terms of both experience and good judgment, Obama is as qualified as any president in the last 30 years.

Posted by: RLVT | February 3, 2008 5:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama for the win on Tuesday.

www.yeswecansong.com

Posted by: jared | February 3, 2008 3:59 AM | Report abuse

Obama for the win on Tuesday.

www.yeswecansong.com

Posted by: jared | February 3, 2008 3:59 AM | Report abuse

Clinton is a dirty politician. She sank so low today that she had the audacity to compare Obama to Bush. I'm sick of her lies and distortions, I'm sick of not knowing which Clinton is actually running for president and I'm sick of her corrupt tactics. Obama is honorable and just. He was the only candidate to oppose the war in Iraq from the beginning, whereas Clinton has recently voted for what is essentially war in Iran too. People's lives mean nothing to her. Obama has taken ZERO third party interest money, and when he found out one of his donors was corrupt, he gave the $19000 to charity. Oh, yeah, and he has 12 years in state and national senate while she has only 7. Being married doesn't count as political experience, especially when the only real thing she worked on (healthcare) she sold out to the interest groups. We need Obama.

Posted by: sallylinuslucy | February 2, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Pleeeeease, Obama just has been crown the most liberial senetor of 2007, a far left. Since when did a far left ever won a general election? Gore? Kerry? Kennedy even couldn't won nomination. As for Super Tuesday, Clinton will crush Obama in the South.

Posted by: kjlover46 | February 2, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Oberstar endorses Obama
By BOB VON STERNBERG, Star Tribune

February 1, 2008

Barack Obama's presidential campaign received a significant boost in Minnesota this morning, when Rep. Jim Oberstar endorsed the Illinois senator.

Oberstar, the dean of the state's congressional delegation, had been supporting the candidacy of John Edwards until the former North Carolina senator dropped out of the race this week.

"I was proud of his campaign," Oberstar said of Edwards during a conference call with reporters. "I felt he conducted himself vigorously, but it wasn't enough."

He said Obama "has shown the ability to project a soaring image of the future of America."

The campaigns of both Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton have been furiously courting Edwards supporters nationwide (and Edwards himself) in the hopes of attracting Democrats who had planned to vote for him on Super Tuesday, when the party holds primaries and caucuses in 22 states, including Minnesota.

Oberstar was one of four U.S. House members -- including North Dakota's Earl Pomeroy -- who announced their switch from Edwards to Obama this morning. At the same time, Obama's campaign released the names of 30 other elected officials across the nation who had endorsed him.

Oberstar said Obama will attract strong union support, one of Edwards' principal sources of support, across the Eighth Congressional District, where labor organizations retain considerable clout in a corner of the state that is heavily DFL.

"Senator Obama embodies all of the values the labor movement has espoused," Oberstar said. "He would stand firm with us."

© 2008 Star Tribune. All rights reserved.

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | February 2, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

FOR THOSE CLINTON BLOGGERS WHO CLAIM RFK'S BROOD IS SUPPORTING HILLARY, A PRE-SUPER TUESDAY GIFT ...

ETHEL KENNEDY, BOBBY'S WIDOW, ENDORSES OBAMA ...

Why I'm Supporting Barack Obama
Posted February 2, 2008 | 05:07 PM (EST)

Over these past few years, I've watched Senator Obama inspire Americans from all walks of life to believe in real change and a new sense of hope and possibility. He's a magnetic force, drawing the nation together for the common good and galvanizing us all to help shape our country's future.

Barack is so like Bobby, who struggled for the rights of the poor in the Mississippi Delta and Appalachia, traveled to California to stand in solidarity with Cesar Chavez and farm workers and fought to end another war that cost so many lives.

Today, we crave a leader with vision who can help us regain our lost humanity and rekindle our inherent generosity. With courage, caring and charisma, Senator Obama is leading us toward a kinder, gentler world.

Senator Obama's candidacy sends out "ripples of hope" that can build a "current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." I am proud to support Barack Obama, and look forward to him leading this country toward a brighter, more hopeful future.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/barack-is-so-like-bobby

MARTIN EDWIN ANDERSEN

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | February 2, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

YES WE CAN !! Brothers and sisters of all races,genders and religions, Barack Obama is our hope ! Its time to end the politics of fear and doubt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LOvWoK_8f8

Posted by: eSPO1 | February 2, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

NYC is for Obama in a big way.

Posted by: maq1 | February 2, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

The artificial Clinton does not deserve to talk about change. She is already involved in the old and archaic system and has no real motive to talk about change-she is part of it.

America needs real change, not cosmetic one- change of people, ideas and system. Thus,only Obama has credibility to talk the talk and walk the walk of change!

Obama For President!

Posted by: tuko | February 2, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

To aamittal:
1. Being anti-war in Illinois in 2002 (or anywhere else for that matter) was not the easiest position. And Illinois was no the "bluest of blue states" in 2002. Remember, it was only in 2002 that a Democratic governorw was elected for the first ime i over 20 years.

2. As has been reported often, Sen. Obama voted over 4000 times in the Illinois Senate. In Illinois, there are often times when the party uses a present vote for strategic purposes. Illinois Planned parenthood supported several of the present votes on women's choice issues, for example. Of course Illinois is just a "flyover" state to those on the Ease Coast, so these subtleties apparently don't matter. Like his current more than 30% lead in the polls in Illinois over Sen. Clinton doesn't matter, even though she grew up in Park Ridge Il.

3. The months after the World Trade Center were bombed were Dubya's chance to build a coalition around the world. He blew it, with the acquiesence of many in the Senate, inclding Sen. Clinton (Sen. Durbin of Illinois by the way was also against the war from the start). Sen. Obama has the ability to resurrect that sense of unity.

Posted by: cdonham | February 2, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I HAVE SERVED MY COUNTRY FOR 13 YEARS.

ALL I ASK IS THAT YOU WATCH MY VIDEO BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR CHOICE. (THIS IS NOT A RON PAUL VIDEO) THIS VIDEO IS FOR PICKING BETWEEN MITT ROMNEY, JOHN MCCAIN AND MIKE HUCKABEE. (SORRY RP)

PLEASE GIVE ME ONE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW YOU MY OPINION SINCE I SERVED YOU AND THIS COUNTRY FOR SO LONG.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnU3G-HCf9w

Thank you

Semper FI
Dan Campbell
Sgt., USMC

Posted by: marinepatriot | February 2, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama has poisoned his chances of getting "red" states with that divisive smear campaign he ran in the run up to and during the South Carolina primary. Labeling a former President, however flawed he may be, who is a long time supporter of African-Americans as a racist by the Obama campaign, as they have publicly admitted, has angered a lot of conservative Democrats. We don't tolerate hate speech on either side of the fence well.

Posted by: notagain | February 2, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Go OBAMA!

Posted by: lewis2222 | February 2, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

JFK was a serial philanderer, Bay of Pigs. LBJ perpetuated the Vietnam war. Nixon, criminal. Carter, serial incompetency. Reagan, soaring national debt/Iran-contra/S&L fiasco. Bush Sr, king of recession, House of Saudis. Then, Democrats, we had Bill Clinton. Get some historical perspective. Alan Greenspan called him the smartest president he had worked with. Listen: nothing is perfect in life. It was the search for perfection that doomed Gore. Don't join republicans in destroying the best presidential years in near history. If you must chuck Clintons, fine. Don't throw them overboard to the sharks. Don't skewer them. Hillary was destroyed because she wanted to get you Universal Healthcare. Her method was flawed but look where her heart was. Be kinder.

As for Obama. If this guy had to vote Present 133 times instead of taking a position in the Illinois chambers, to deny grist for republican propaganda; if he has to be politically expedient in the bluest of blue states, what the heck would he have done in the jingoistic, pressure cooker the senate was in 2002/03?! More so, what would he have done if Sears tower had been attacked rather than World Trade Center?! He is 46 years old - not that young. What has he done except organize in the streets of Chicago?! It is sad to hear him repeat that over and over again. Ethics bill? Are you kidding me? If you don't do anything, of course, you will be clean as heck. It's like dumping a veteran captain and handing the sword to a young soldier fresh from the academy and telling him to go fight because he is fresh, strong, untainted and has been known to have given expert commentary on a battle from a distant hill. One anti-war speech made from the extra safe liberal bulwarks of Illinois should not a president make. The guy has barely made any special anti-war noise in the senate, and followed the exact stroll of Hillary with respect to all bills - funding and otherwise.

Posted by: aamittal | February 2, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

WELL YOU KNOW WHAT I AM LATINO TOO

AMAZING NEWS MY BROTHERS

LA OPINION JUST ENDORSED OBAMA

the most important newspaper endorsement out there. Not because it's the most prestigious name or the widest read, but because it offers the potential to actually move voters. Obama is working overtime to introduce himself as a champion of Latino interests and immigrant rights, and this represents a powerful affirmation from an influential voice within the Hispanic community.

THIS MEANS OBAMA WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/2/2/31555/88580/323/448168

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | February 2, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Regarding laplumelefirmament's postings, he/she is either an extremely ignorant Latino (yes I'm Latino, and most of the time I'm abright one...)or a shill trying to start trouble amongst Democrats. Although I'm an Obama supporter, and feel that Senator Clinton possible created a "Sista Soulja" moment before Latinos at the UFW rally, it is the ultimate in folly to equate her problems with Estrada'a nomination with racism. Estrada is an extreme right winger whose views are anathema to most Americans-Latino included. Any attempt to argue otherwise is borne of ignorance or an attempt to muddy the waters.

Posted by: rafael.childress | February 2, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Kevinlarmee:

Look at it this way: the next democratic nominee will have to turn red states into blue states. Ironically, the one doing this is Obama.

Clinton cannot achieve this because republicans and independents despise her. She cannot gather independents and republicans around her. She has a strong base of supporters within the democratic party but it is not enough to get elected in november!!!

Nominating Clinton means electing McCain.

Obama will win.

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | February 2, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

simple question -

who at the top of the ticket helps Democrats get elected to Mayor, city councils, state legislatures, Governors and Congress.

Remember the Presidency is a constitutionally weak office- can't pass legislation only veto it. To make change you need legislative support

Posted by: rds748 | February 2, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama can Win!

Even if you liike Hillary, you have to ask, if your a Democrat, who can really win in Nov. '08?

Hillary just galvanizes the Republican base...they hate the Clintons!
Obama does not, and will in fact, attract many Independent and Republican voters.

If Hillary wins the Democratic nomination, it is more likely that we will have a President McCain (rather than a President Hillary Clinton.

Obama can win!

(this should be an important consideration when voting Tuesday)

Posted by: kevinlarmee | February 2, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton Legacy

"The Clintons, to adapt a line from Dr. Johnson, were not only corrupt, they were the cause of corruption in others. Yet seldom in America have so many come to excuse so much mendacity and malfeasance as during the Clinton years. Here are some of the facts that have been buried."

http://prorev.com/legacy.htm

RECORDS SET

- The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance
- Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates*
- Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation
- Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify
- Most number of witnesses to die suddenly
- First president sued for sexual harassment.
- First president accused of rape.
- First first lady to come under criminal investigation
- Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case
- First president to establish a legal defense fund.
- First president to be held in contempt of court
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad
- First president disbarred from the US Supreme Court and a state court

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | February 2, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Clinton's campaign is sinking! they've run out of lies!

The truth is comming out.

SI SE PUEDE

SI SE PUEDE

EL VOTO LATINO!

SI SE PUEDE

Hillary Clinton no respeta a nuestra gente los partidarios de Hillary Clinton fueron a corte para evitar que la gente que trabaja pueda votar este sábado, eso es vergonzoso. Los partidarios de Hillary Clinton quieren evitar que la gente que trabaja el sábado pueda votar en sus lugares de empleo. ¡Imperdonable! Hillary Clinton no tiene vergüenza.

Hillary Clinton no debería permitir que sus amigos ataquen el derecho de nuestra gente de votar este sábado. Es imperdonable! No hay respeto el senador Barack Obama esta defendiendo nuestro derecho de votar.

El senador Barack Obama quiere nuestros votos, el respeta nuestros votos, nuestra comunidad y a nuestra gente. El lema de la campaña de Barrack Obama es "sí se puede, si se puede". Vote por un presidente que nos respeta y respeta nuestro derecho de votar. Obama para presidente. Si se puede.

Pagada por UNITE HERE.

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | February 2, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

CASES OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LATINOS BY THE CLINTONS!

http://www.papillonsartpalace.com/hillarDy.htm

STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS!

BELIEVE IN AMERICA!

BELIEVE IN BUILDING THE FUTURE AND IN CONTRIBUTING TO THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH!

SI SE PUEDE

SI SE PUEDE

SI SE PUEDE

SI SE PUEDE

SI SE PUEDE

SI SE PUEDE

Posted by: laplumelefirmament | February 2, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

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