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Monday, February 11, 2008

Super-delegate Sherrod: No favorite yet



U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, one of Ohio’s Democratic “super-delegates” being courted by the Clinton and Obama campaigns, said he won’t commit to one candidate or the other until after Ohio’s March 4 primary – and maybe not then.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do,’’ Brown said in a meeting with the Enquirer’s editorial board Monday.

Brown said he would be guided, in part, by how Ohio Democrats vote when they go to the polls March 4, although he said he may wait even longer than that.

Ohio will have 162 delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Brown is one of 39 ‘super-delegates” who are party leaders, elected officials and others named by the party. The super-delegates not bound by the March 4 primary results; and are being heavily courted by both the Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama camps.

Brown said both campaigns are lobbying for his vote.
One night recently, he said, he was at home when the phone rang and the person on the other end said: “President Clinton would like to speak with you.”

“When he came on the line, I stood up,’’ Brown said. “My wife said, ‘you wouldn’t have stood up if it had been President Bush calling.’’’

Brown said that of the two candidates – both Senate colleagues – he knows Clinton the best.
“Her office is right across the hall from mine,’’ Brown said. “I see her all the time. I don’t know Barack as well.”


20 Comments:

at 6:54 PM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Brown stood up in his own house when Clinton called, but wouldn't stand up if Pres Bush called.....What a sleaz.

 
at 8:23 PM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous Young Atheart said...

Senator Brown knows that Senator Obama has much more LEGISLATIVE EXPERIENCE than Senator Clinton.
Per the Library of Congress website (http://thomas.loc.gov),
during the first (8) eight years of his elected service he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced
233 regarding healthcare reform,
125 on poverty and public assistance,
112 crime fighting bills,
97 economic bills,
60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills,
21 ethics reform bills,
15 gun control,
6 veterans affairs and many others.
His first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427. These included:
**the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (became law),
**The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, (became law),
**The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate,
**The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, (became law),
**The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, (In committee), and many more.
In all since enter the U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096.

In contrast, Senator Clinton (6 yrs in Senate) has authored and passed in to law only 20 pieces of legislation in total:

1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site.
2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month.
3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall.
5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson.
6. Name post office after Jonn A. O'Shea.
7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death.
10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program.
13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda.
14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death.
15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty.

Only five of Clinton's bills are more substantive.
16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11.
17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11
18. Assist landmine victims in other countries.
19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.
20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness preservation system.

 
at 9:00 PM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Democrats Super-delegate procedures are supremely UNdemocratic. Let the voters decide.

 
at 10:11 PM, February 11, 2008 Anonymous OhioRepublicanforObama said...

Mr. Brown,

Please seriously take a look at Barack Obama as your candidate for President. National polls continue to show how much better Obama would fare against McCain. His NO vote on Iraq, tougher immigration reform, and a NON-MANDATORY healthcare option for lower income individuals are just a few examples of he differs from Clinton. A smart guy being Obama who the others are struggling to get dirt on. Clinton carries way too much baggage, especially from Bill.

OBAMA IN '08!!!
Ohio Republican

 
at 10:27 AM, February 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

strange -
you knew him - very well - when he campaigned on your behalf -

 
at 1:23 PM, February 12, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

Young athart,

All of this crap you cite means NOTHING to the man and woman on the street......The only thing that we understand is THAT BOTH PARTIES ARE A BUNCH OF SELF SERVING JACKASSES that twist in the wind of K street graft.

Close the boarders, end the IRS reign of terror, and taking back the Smokey Mountains from the UN biosphere crowd would be a nice touch!

You can blame Bush all you want, but he was just the continuation of the Clintoniesta policies of selling us out to China.

Sherrod, get a haircut and your suit pressed, and I may take you more serious.

 
at 1:57 PM, February 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing that I would 'stand up' for Bush is my middle finger.

 
at 4:25 PM, February 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stand up for the President, you Cleveland hack politician.

President Bush probably doesn't even know your name, you clown. Enjoy your one term in the Senate.

 
at 4:34 PM, February 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sherrod Brown is a no-class scumbag.

 
at 5:04 PM, February 12, 2008 Anonymous cincigal said...

Senator Brown,I am sure will use his best judgement and common sense to endorse the candidate of his choice.In electing him to represent us in the United States Senate,we expressed our confidence in his ability so to do.I for one will respect his choice.We,as a party, must unite and support the nominee unanamusly, in November.Personally,I admire both candidates tremendously.Both are well qualified for the position.

 
at 8:12 PM, February 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senator Brown,

Do you want to know what I like about you? Nobody tells you what to do. I've been watching you for years and have only have one thing to say... You act and vote your heart. Ohio is lucky to have you as a United States Senator.

Keep up the great work.

Jim Parker
Former / Future Candidate for US Congress
www.JimPARKER4ad.blogspot.com

 
at 12:20 AM, February 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems the 'sweet jeans' plagiarizing wrong wingnut whackos are in love with the 'black moles' ?

They chose to 'cut & run' their elephant dung propaganda as a twisted wedgie !

PATHETIC 'family values' !


HAD ENOUGH, VOTE DEMOCRAT 2008 !

 
at 9:51 AM, February 13, 2008 Blogger LadyofMtAiry said...

Sherrod Brown is known for standing up for what he believes even when he is opposed. He stood up against President Clinton against NAFTA and when Sherrod was campaigning for the senate Bill Clinton showed up to support him and acknowledged that Sherrod was right and that he was wrong on NAFTA!
How's that for principles!

 
at 10:11 AM, February 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senator Brown stood up when former President Clinton called, but wouldn't if President Bush called? I thought Americans were supposed to democratically elect their leaders and then unite behind them. I guess the 2000 election still has Senator Brown and some Democrats' goat.

And Senator Brown, you don't know Senator Obama even though he helped you get elected? Don't start the lying. Ohio elected you because of backlash for the Republican scandals in OH and the failing record in Washington. If you want a 2nd term, and really are part of the future, then Obama must be the candidate.

PS: Who can finally reunite America (not just their party)? Only McCain and Obama have that potential.

Respectfully,
Independent Ohio voter

 
at 11:04 AM, February 13, 2008 Blogger LadyofMtAiry said...

Brown stood up for his principles, that's what really matters.

 
at 4:21 PM, February 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, "Lady", that's not what really matters.

What matters is that Sherrod Brown has exposed himself as a classless hack politician from Cleveland. Don't flatter yourself, Brown, the President doesn't know your name let alone your number.

 
at 4:25 PM, February 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is for the former/future loser who keeps referring to himself in the third person: it's no wonder you lose elections all the time, Parker - you're the only one on this blog who ever mentions your name!

You apparently have no supporters. Never see them post on here, anyway. That's a major problem for a wanna-be politician like you, isn't it? Now go away, Parker. No one cares about you or your sorry past/present/future.

 
at 4:25 PM, February 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is for the former/future loser who keeps referring to himself in the third person: it's no wonder you lose elections all the time, Parker - you're the only one on this blog who ever mentions your name!

You apparently have no supporters. Never see them post on here, anyway. That's a major problem for a wanna-be politician like you, isn't it? Now go away, Parker. No one cares about you or your sorry past/present/future.

 
at 3:37 PM, February 16, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh... Did Jim Parker offend somebody when he said something positive about Senator Brown?

 
at 1:32 AM, February 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Queen Hitlery Rodram Clinton and Barry Obama are a couple of unqualified hack politicians. I wouldn't trust either one of them to run a lemonade stand, let alone the USA.

 
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