Obama Gets Two More Md. Superdelegates
Sen. Barack Obama picked up two new superdelegates from Maryland, including the chairman of the state Democratic party, on the eve of key presidential primaries in North Carolina and Indiana.
"I have been inspired by what he represents," Maryland Democratic Party Chairman Michael Cryor said at an afternoon news conference at which the party's vice chairwoman, Lauren Glover, also announced her support for the Illinois senator.
Obama soundly defeated Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) in Maryland's presidential primary in February, 60 percent to 37 percent.
But Cryor's choice puts him at odds with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), an early Clinton supporter who recruited Cryor as chairman of the state party after his election in November 2006. Cryor has served as an adviser to O'Malley since early in his tenure as mayor of Baltimore, which began in 1999.
"The governor and I are good friends ..... but this decision was mine," Cryor told reporters.
O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese said Cryor's announcement was understandable.
"It's an incredibly personal decision, especially when you have two qualified candidates," Abbruzzese said.
Cryor and Glover were joined at the news conference by Karren Pope-Onwukwe, a Democratic National Committee member and Maryland superdelegate who has previously been very public in her support for Obama; and former Maryland governor Parris N. Glendening (D), an Obama supporter who was chosen by the state party over the weekend as an add-on delegate.
Cryor said that by coming out now, he and others hope to encourage more superdelegates to make their support known for one of the remaining Democratic candidates so that "there is less to figure out." Cryor said he decided "to stand up and be counted when it counts."
Both Cryor and Glover said they intentionally remained publicly uncommitted until after Saturday, when the state Democratic party finalized its delegate list, so as not to appear biased.
Cryor is the only African-American currently serving as chairman of a state Democratic party committee in the United States, aides said.
With today's announcements, Obama now has the backing of seven of Maryland's 27 superdelegates, as well as Glendening.
At least nine Maryland superdelegates are supporting Clinton. She also benefited over the weekend by the state party's choice of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D), a former lieutenant governor, as Maryland's other add-on delegate.
May 5, 2008; 5:00 PM ET
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