Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Orentlicher Light On Endorsements
I mentioned earlier this week that Rep. David Orentlicher's campaign cancelled a press conference originally scheduled for Monday afternoon at which Orentlicher planned to unveil state and local elected officials who were backing his campaign. Today, the campaign put out the list of officials endorsing him and it's a pretty short list, if you exclude the nine state legislators from outside the 7th District who endorsed him. The Marion County list included none of Orentlicher's colleagues in the House or the Senate. Instead, it included just four elected officials, including Marion Co. Assessor Greg Bowes, City-County Councilors Joanne Sanders and Angela Mansfield and Lawrence City Councilor Sherron Freeman. Making matters worse, U.S. Rep. Andre Carson's endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama squeezed out Orentlicher's press announcement for press coverage today. And it now appears Obama will endorse superdelegate Carson's campaign in consideration for Carson's endorsement. In a district where Obama will likely win by at least 20 points, that can't be good news for Orentlicher, Dr. Woody Myers or State Rep. Carolene Mays.