PRESS RELEASE from Obama for America
April 22, 2008

29 North Carolina Legislators Endorse Barack Obama

Raleigh, NC – Today 29 members of the North Carolina state legislature endorsed Senator Obama, citing his ability to inspire and bring people together to move our country forward, and put an end to the divisive politics of Washington that have stalled progress on the great challenges facing our nation. The legislators’ endorsements are the latest addition to Obama’s grassroots movement for change, which has come to encompass a broad spectrum of North Carolinians – from the grassroots level to representatives in United States Congress – who will vote for change on May 6. 
“Barack Obama is the best candidate to put North Carolina in play in the general and help downballot candidates in November,” said Senator Majority Leader Tony Rand. “Obama’s commitment to loosening the grip of the special interests and big corporations and investing in the middle class while bringing Democrats, Republicans and Independents together make him the best candidate to win here in the primary, and put North Carolina on the map for Democrats in the general election.”
“The American people have had enough of the game-playing and the politics that says you should say or do anything to win,” said former House Speaker Dan Blue. “They want something new, and that’s what this campaign is all about. That is why I’m supporting Senator Obama.”
 “I am proud to have such a diverse group of leaders join our grassroots movement for change here in North Carolina.  Together, we will work to keep America’s promise and pass universal health care, provide a world-class education for all children, put a tax cut into the pockets of middle class families, and stand up for hardworking Americans,” said Senator Obama. 
Last week, Obama welcomed other notable North Carolina legislators – and Democratic superdelegates – to his campaign, U.S. Congressmen David Price and Mel Watt.  He has also been endorsed by U.S. Congressman G.K. Butterfield.

North Carolina legislators endorsing Obama include:

Tony Rand, Senate Majority Leader, Cumberland
Doug Berger, State Senator, Franklin
Charlie Dannelly, State Senator, Mecklenburg
Katie Dorsett, State Senator, Guilford
Anthony Foriest, State Senator, Alamance
Linda Garrou, State Senator, Forsyth
Malcolm Graham, State Senator, Mecklenburg
Clark Jenkins, State Senator, Edgecombe
Edward Jones, State Senator, Halifax, Perquimans
Eleanor Kinnaird, State Senator, Orange
Vernon Malone, State Senator, Wake
Floyd McKissick, State Senator, Durham

Dan Blue, State Representative, Wake
Alma Adams, State Representative, Guilford
Angela Bryant, State Representative, Nash
Jean Farmer-Butterfield, State Representative, Wilson
Becky Carney, State Representative, Mecklenburg
Bill Faison, State Representative, Orange
Richard Glazier, State Representative, Cumberland
Larry Hall, State Representative, Durham
Ty Harrell, State Representative, Wake
Pricey Harrison, State Representative, Guilford
Sandra Hughes, State Representative, New Hanover
Marvin Lucas, State Representative, Cumberland
Grier Martin, State Representative, Wake  
Annie Mobley, State Representative, Bertie
Henry Michaux, Jr., State Representative, Durham
Edith Warren, State Representative, Pitt
Michael Wray, State Representative, Warren


April 22, 2008
Obama Press Office