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Congressman Payne, NJ superdelegate, switches from Clinton to Obama

Congressman Payne, NJ superdelegate, switches from Clinton to Obama
by Robert Schwaneberg/The Star-Ledger
Friday May 09, 2008, 12:05 AM

Rep. Donald Payne (D-10th Dist.), a New Jersey superdelegate who had been supporting Hillary Clinton for president, has switched his allegiance to Barack Obama.

“After careful consideration, I have reached the conclusion that Barack Obama can best bring about the change that our country so desperately wants and needs,” Payne told The Star-Ledger for today’s editions. It was “one of the most difficult decisions I have made,” Payne said. “I’ve really been mulling it over for quite a while.”

With Payne’s switch Obama has the backing of five of New Jersey’s 20 superdelegates. Clinton has 11, including Gov. Jon Corzine; three are uncommitted and one who has backed Clinton is wavering.

By announcing his support for Obama now, Payne said he hopes to help unite the party so it can focus on defeating Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, in November.

“At this particular time we need to really unite behind one candidate,” Payne said. “It’s time now for us to pull our party together. The quicker it’s over, the better we’ll be able to bring all of our forces together.”

Payne said he endorsed Clinton “early on,” at a time when he did not know whether Obama’s candidacy “was just a trial balloon.” As Obama secured one victory after another, “I did certainly have a great deal of pride in the fact that an African-American would do so well,” said Payne, who is African-American.

Payne called Clinton “a good friend” whom he holds “in high regard.” He said he had “worked closely” with both Hillary Clinton and President Clinton, “especially with international activities in Africa and Haiti.” He said Hillary Clinton “ran a very aggressive campaign” but he did not blame her — as some have — for injecting race into the campaign.

Don’t fool me in the least. Black folk been giving him hell. Any of the rest of them deserve whatever fate Black folk have in store for them HHH Negroes.

Anyone want to venture which HHH is next?

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