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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.

By Anne Bartlett  |  May 5, 2008; 5:00 PM ET
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I am proud that the leadership of Maryland's Democratic Party have asserted their preference for Senator Obama.

Not only does their position reflect the result of Maryland's popular vote in the Primary, it also signals a departure from the old-line politics that enable stagnation and discourage participation.

Go Maryland!

Posted by: PG'er | May 5, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Are Post editors really happy that Don Praisner has ducked the one major TV debate between him and Mark Fennel for the May 13 special election, the Channel 21 debate set for tonight? Why don't the Post editors call the two of them in for a joint question-answer session and publish the results so we don't have a 5% turnout?

Posted by: Why doesn't the Post host a joint Fennel-Praisner question-answer session. | May 5, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I am not proud. Before another superdelegate votes OBAMA. I want them to look at what is DOCUMENTED BUT IGNORED.

67 documented lies from Barack Obama and his campaign.

We are not voting for class president but PRESIDENT OF THE US.

Posted by: max | May 5, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

If we want to discuss dishonesty, the Clintons have made it an art form. They lie and pander with every breath. Right, we are voting for President of the United States, not Panderer-in-Chief. That pretty much rules out Hillary. If she really believes in this gas tax farce, why doesn't she introduce it in the Senate now? Come to think of it, why doesn't John McCain? And isn't it interesting how she and John seem to have identical critiques of Barack's positions? Maybe she should change parties!!!

Posted by: Bill | May 6, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

If 'Super-delegates' opted for a candidate even before voting in the State, then there is something un-democratic about the process.
To have this group decide who should be the nominee and NOT the voters, there is something radically more un-democratic.

Why must ANY candidate depend on the kindness and mercy of these 'DOUBLE-DIPPERS' (super-delegates), when votes that count have already been cast ? That's NOT democratic !

SCRAP the 'Super-delegates' next election !!! These people already have cast their vote ONCE in their state-elections.

Then the MI and FL election, already declared 'invalid' because it is the Democratic leadership of those States that disenfranchised the voters (NOT the Democratic National Party, State-voters or presidential candidates). Clinton once though MI & FL 'didn't matter': NOW, she thinks, they DO. Since when has this on-again, off-again determination by one interested candidate become part of democratic process ?

UNLESS the Democratic Party gets rid of these UN-democratic processes immediately after this cycle, this Party will consign itself to a second-fiddle position for a long time to come, a laughing stock before the world.

In all honesty, I can NOT see myself having anything to do with a party that can not live up to is very name (i.e., be democratic-- fair and open, level-field, no 'smoke'-filled rooms) !

Posted by: cantabb | May 6, 2008 2:23 AM | Report abuse

The Democratic race for nomination is very much alive - and most likely to be decided by superdelegates. Nevertheless. Idaho and West Virginia are still to come after North Carolina and Indiana.

If you're tired of waiting around for those super delegates to make a decision already, go to and push them to support Clinton or Obama

If you haven't done so yet, please write a message to each of your state's superdelegates at

Obama Supporters:

Sending a note to current Obama supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Clinton supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Obama, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Obama. It's that easy...

Clinton Supporters too .... !

It takes a moment, but what's a few minutes now worth to get Clinton in office?! Those are really worth !

Sending a note to current Clinton supporters lets them know it's appreciated, sending a note to current Obama supporters can hopefully sway them to change their vote to Clinton, and sending a note to the uncommitted folks will hopefully sway them to vote for Clinton. It's that easy...

Posted by: Jack08democracy | May 6, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

Obama looses another pledged delegate!
Obama supporter has given up her role as pledged delegate after her "unacceptable" description of PA neighbor children as "monkeys," because they were climbing in trees.
Linda Ramirez-Sliwinski, an a Hispanic trustee for the Village of Carpentersville, Ill., was accused of racism following the interaction with her African-American neighbors.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 6, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I hope and pray that the people in North Carolina and Indiana will see through the 'transparency' of Hillary and vote for Obama. She is the most dishonest and deceitful person I have ever seen. She knows the 'John McCain/now hers gas tax relief will not pass and here she is promising it by Memorial Day - two weeks from now. I hope the people in the two above states are smarter than she gives them credit for. In 2000 when Hillary was running for the New York senate seat against Rick Lazio (republican)- was against the same gas tax relief she offers now --- quote " it is a bad idea for New York and is a bonanza for the oil companies'. Can't you all see her 'political pandering'. Indiana will be the 'laughing stock' for all America if they fall for her line. I can see her - looking back over her shoulder as she walks away GOTCH YA STUPID !!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 6, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Hillary is a pandering fool that is an establishment candidate no different than McBush.

Posted by: NO to Billary! | May 6, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Vote for me and I will make allyour dreams come true!

Hillary Clinton

Posted by: NO to Billary! | May 6, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Vote for me and I will make the ugly beautiful. I will make cats bark. I will put a chicken in every pot. I will put crack in every pipe.

Hilary Clinton

Posted by: NO to Billary! | May 6, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I have spoken and shared political insights with co-workers here in Los Angeles and we have come to the conclusion that Senator Obama is the right choice for our next president. Granted the powers behind the elections may not want a black president but the general consensus at our offices is that Billary sets off nausea and none of us can stand to listen or watch her any longer. Senator Obama has been accused of so many things, that he is a muslim (nothing wrong with that in our eyes), an accusation that persists even after the Rev. Wright debacle, that he is racist but none of us can figure out if it is his black half or white half that hates the other (perhaps both?), that he is unpatriotic because he does not wear a flag pin, that he is un-American because he does not place his hand over his heart when the national anthem is played (though we were all taught that the pledge of allegiance is where the hand is placed over the heart, not playing of the anthem), and on, and on... The one that gets our group's blood boiling though is the notion that because Sen. Obama attended a church for 20 years that his pastor is actually running for president, not Sen. Obama. Most of these untruths, half-truths or outright lies have been fomented, either secretly or openly, by the Clinton attack machine. Hence, every time the pantsuit arrives on the scene, we rush to change the channel or shut off the media and then rush for the Pepto until the malaise subsides. Four years of listening to that condescending attitude and watching her shake her finger at us is more that we can take. No thanks. Give me hope for a better world over more of the same old tired crapola, please. Vote Obama 08. Thanks for listening and good day.

Posted by: Jimi Mosey | May 6, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

clinton is bush and mccain in a polyester pantsuit and pumps. she is a liar and not a very good one. if you voters to be fall for her pandering to get back in that white house, do you really want "bubba" in the oval office with time on his hands, and chubby young jewish girls hanging around? if you vote for ms. bubba you deserve more bushlite lies, too bad we all have to suffer for your mammoth mistakes.

Posted by: dee schultz | May 6, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

' stand up and be counted when it counts.'

I hope more Supers heed Cryor's words. Superdelegates who have remained uncommitted after their states have already held primaries have no reason to withhold their endorsements other than for self-serving reasons. They are now the ones responsible for dragging this contest on and bringing down their party in the process.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 6, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Better late than never. But, Maryland held it's primary almost 3 months ago. What took you so long?

Bill Richardson, Joe Andrew, and Baron Hill are the Superdelegates who, in my recent memory, deserve much praise for standing up against immense pressure and political backlash and endorsing Obama for reasons of integrity, not political expediency.

I'm sure there are more examples of the above. If anyone else remembers any Superdelegate who, likewise, acted with conviction and courage, please share.

Posted by: VAreader | May 6, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is every man's worst nightmare

Posted by: BRB | May 6, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I know this is off topic, but Hillary "lent" herself 5 million... that means she gets it back eventually with interest?? That is not "donating" to her own campaign like others have to.

Posted by: Beavertail | May 6, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

It's a sad state of affairs when superdelegates are stating that they are voting for Obama due to fear of violence from the black community. What about the fear of backlash from white and women voters. For elected officials who are superdelegates, please be aware that your constituents are watching you and your voting very closely. In the event that you vote for Obama, you will fear the reprisals upon election time.... Remember, white and women voters vastly outnumber black voters who traditionally don't vote at all. If you are letting fear rule your decision, you yourselves are playing the race card......

Posted by: LAMM01 | May 6, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

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