Obama pick follows naturally similar campaign messages
by Matt Comer . Q-Notes staff
‘I was raised to cherish the traditional values of equality, opportunity and fair play.’
— Jim Neal
CHAPEL HILL — On March 25, U.S. Senate candidate Jim Neal announced he was endorsing Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) in the race for the White House.
“I believe Senator Obama is best able to create the new politics that people desire, a new politics that is as great and as inclusive as our state and our nation,” Neal said. “That is why I am adding my voice to those supporting Barack Obama for President.”
He added that North Carolinians “want a political system that involves regular citizens, brings us together and works for the common good. They know America is a great country, and they know our political system is broken. They feel in their hearts we cannot turn to people who are part of the broken system to fix it.”
Neal’s endorsement came on the same day the Liberty City Democratic Club in Philadelphia, Penn., announced their endorsement of Clinton.
“We are proud to endorse Senator Hillary Clinton in this important primary cycle,” said Matthew Woodcock, endorsement chair of the Liberty City Democratic Club. “Her record of accomplishment is proof positive that she’ll be a fighter for the LGBT community in the White House and that’s what we need. We need her experience working for us.”
Neal received a key endorsement on March 16, from the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The organization said Neal was “the ideal candidate to defeat Elizabeth Dole.”
“The membership of the Black Political Caucus is proud to support Mr. Neal with our endorsement in the U.S. Senate race,” said Dwayne Collins, chairman of the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. “We thought Jim is the ideal candidate to defeat Elizabeth Dole, and that is why we are behind his candidacy. He was the best candidate on the issues that affect all citizens, but especially members of the African American community. We look forward to working with Jim Neal to improve the lives of the human family of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.”
The endorsement follows a string of successes as Neal continues to build momentum as a popular candidate across the state.
Neal’s campaign is building a powerful grassroots coalition of blacks and whites, men and women, students and working people, young and old across the state. The latest independent poll by SurveyUSA shows Neal leading his primary challengers.
“This endorsement is tremendously important to our campaign,” Neal said. “I was raised to cherish the traditional values of equality, opportunity and fair play. North Carolina’s African-American community taught the nation these values at a lunch counter in Greensboro where I grew up. It is an honor to have the support of this important organization as we work to take those values to Washington and take our government back from special interests and career politicians.”