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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.

-- Philip Rucker

By Philip Rucker  |  January 28, 2008; 11:33 AM ET
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why does the post find ted and carolines support worthy of the front page, but townsends support is only worthy of being in a blog?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 28, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was the Lt. Gov. couldn't even take the gift that was being offered to her and win the blue state of MD. Instead she chose a Republican running mate, bypassing better qualified Dems and angering core constituencies in the process. She blew it in a big way and showed that she does not have what it takes when it comes to politics. Her weak campaign gave MD it's first Republican governor in 40 years. If she can't even carry a Democratic state like MD, why should her opinion matter any where else?

Posted by: tonia | January 29, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Tonia hit right-on-the-head, why should Townsend's opinion matter, especially in the black community. She had the opportunity to choose an African American Lt. Gov. and choice republican. Her choice would be Hillary. Hillary too made the wrong choice in voting for the war and now tries to justiy or "defend" her decision. In the end, Hillary played politics with our lives, the lives of our children, our husbands, ours daughters and sons. She and Bill have prostituted the African American community especially in the state of MD. They supported Gov. O'Malley, Steny Hoyer, and Ben Cardin all of whom has done nothing to improve the quality of life, education, nor the economy for lower and middle class African American within the State. I am ashamed to be a Demo with these individuals leading us. I pray we don't make the same mistake and give the county to the Clintons. Obama is the man.

Posted by: Lisa | January 30, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

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