Breaking News: Another Superdelegate for Obama
Superdelegate Anita Bonds, chair of the DC Democratic Party, announced last night that she will endorse Sen. Barack Obama at the Denver convention. Her announcement continued the superdelegate march toward Obama after last week's primaries in Indiana and North Carolina.
Bonds's announcement was impromptu and prompted, she said, by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) who put her on the spot at a meeting of Democratic delegates in the John A. Wilson Building last night and asked if she was supporting Obama.
"I said, 'Okay,'" Bonds told the D.C. Wire in her first interview about the subject.
Bonds, who has attended events for both Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Obama during the campaign, said, "You try to exercise your best judgment....We want to go to the convention as unified as we can."
"I am with the mayor. I'm with the chairman," she said, referring to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D). Both Gray and Fenty are Obama supporters.
Pointing to constant media reports and the hunger for a win, she said the primary is full of "ugliness" that she hopes will end. Voters go to the polls in West Virginia today, where
Clinton is expected to win.
Bonds had said earlier that she was waiting to make a decision because she was shepherding the delegate process locally as chair. "We elected our last set of delegates last week. We also did our state convention," she said.
"I think we have a hard job ahead of us as delegates. We want to win the White House," she said.
Bonds said much more. She said she was going on and on because "this is the first time I've been able to talk."
She said she was prepared for the many calls she may get today. "I'm going to go brush my teeth first," she said.
Nikita R Stewart
May 13, 2008; 7:06 AM ET
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