This just in, from Obama Central!
DNC MEMBER MARGARET XIFARAS ENDORSES BARACK OBAMA
Massachusetts Superdelegate Cites Obama’s organizational strength and success in all parts of the country
Chicago, IL – Today, Democratic National Committee Member Margaret Xifaras endorsed Barack Obama for president.
Xifaras said, “I was consciously and purposefully uncommitted in the Presidential race for well over a year. I felt strongly that I wanted to see how each campaign handled the organizational, financial, issues development, and strategic aspects of his or her campaign.
“In the last few weeks I have increasingly felt drawn to support Barack Obama. From a decisive win in Iowa to the last ten wins after Super Tuesday, Obama and his campaign have shown their strengths organizationally, financially, issues-wise, and certainly strategically. If they had just said those words about change, it would not have been enough — the campaign would have have stalled or peaked long ago. But they have tapped into so many more important lines: financial support, relevant issues, and superb training and reaching out through community based organizers rather than just the same old political establishment.
“My position was to beware a primary race so close that it could be decided by the superdelegates. While I think it is important that the party´s elected representatives and their elected members of the DNC have this status, we all need to be both cognizant of and respect what the people are saying out there “north and south, east and west, and in the middle” as Obama himself says.
“And voters across the country, from every party and every walk of life are embracing Barack Obama’s call for real change. I am committed to voting for Obama at the convention and, importantly, I am looking to help Congressman Bill Delahunt, Governor Deval Patrick and others contact other superdelegates to urge them to do the same. We must sustain this surge of interest and involvement and effectively respond to this hunger for significant change — not just in the people in Washington, but in the mindset in Washington. This is why I am supporting Barack Obama.”
That’s as solid and sensible a statement as I’ve yet seen on the superdelegate issue. Disclosure: I worked with Xifaras on Gov. Patrick’s transition team — she was on the Civic Engagement working group that I co-chaired.