Superdelegate Stark endorses Obama
The Island just noticed that our man in Congress, Pete Stark, has endorsed Barack Obama for president, saying that it’s time to unify the party and focus on defeating presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain in November. Stark also told Josh Richman at the Oakland Tribune that he’s “never been happy with Senator Clinton’s explanation or statements on votes going into the war in Iraq” (though he also voiced discomfort with Obama’s plan for universal health care, a pet issue, and the whole idea of superdelegates while he was on it). Stark is one of several onetime Edwards backers who have pledged their support to Obama in recent days. Today’s primary votes in Oregon and Kentucky could give Obama the majority of pledged delegates, though the race between him and Sen. Hillary Clinton is so close he’ll need the support of every superdelegate he can get to help him eke out a win. According to the Associated Press, Clinton has the support of 34 superdelegates to Obama’s 23, though a dozen more are undecided.