Townsend Sticks with Clinton
On a day when two prominent members of her family are endorsing Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign at American University, former Maryland lieutenant governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is voicing her support for Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Townsend (D) was lieutenant governor under Gov. Parris N. Glendenning (D) from 1995 to 2003. She was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2002, but lost to Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).
Townsend is the eldest of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel's 11 children. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy, have endorsed Obama.
In a statement issued by Clinton's campaign, Townsend said, "I respect Caroline and Teddy's decision but I have made a different choice."
"While I admire Senator Obama greatly, I have known Hillary Clinton for over 25 years and have seen first hand how she gets results," Townsend said. "As a woman, leader, and person of deep convictions, I believe Hillary Clinton would make the best possible choice for president."
Townsend said Clinton "shares so many of the concerns of my father."
"Hillary has spent a lifetime speaking out on behalf of the powerless and working to alleviate poverty, in our country and around the world," Townsend said.
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