Although the former candidate himself, John Edwards, has not endorsed either of the two remaining Democratic challengers for the party’s presidential nomination, today 49 of his chief supporters signed onto the Barack Obama ticket in advance of the N.C. Primary vote on May 6. The group includes Edwards’ former national general chairman, Ed Turlington, as well as three N.C. congressmen: David Price (4th District), Mel Watt (12th District) and G.K. Butterfield (1st District). Released by the Obama campaign this afternoon, the full list names a number of current or former elected officials and other activists including Harvey Gantt, Edwards’ former national co-chair and a former Charlotte mayor; former Chief Justice Henry Frye of the N.C. Supreme Court; WNC philanthropist Adelaide Key; and Asheville City Council member Brownie Newman.
According to the campaign’s press release, social worker Louise Coggins — who has known John and Elizabeth Edwards for 30 years, summed up the support: “John Edwards has dedicated his life and career to fighting poverty in America. Barack Obama demonstrated that same commitment when he turned down a high-paying job on Wall Street to work in Chicago communities decimated by steel mill closings. Senator Obama is now the only candidate in the race who doesn’t take money from PACs and federal lobbyists. We can count on him to stand up to special interests in Washington, DC on behalf of working men and women in America.”
— Nelda Holder, associate editor