Luv from the Guv: The Democrats
Yesterday I told you about the Republicans. Now here's all the news, speculation and intrigue, surrounding the presidential endorsements of the nation's 28 Democratic governors.
Yesterday I told you about the Republicans. Now here's all the news, speculation and intrigue, surrounding the presidential endorsements of the nation's 28 Democratic governors:
Arizona's Janet Napolitano: Close to Richardson, but showing no urgency in making an endorsement.
Arkansas' Mike Beebe: No official endorsement. Has said that Hillary has "a brilliance that few people can match and a heart that goes with it."
Colorado's Bill Ritter: Attended an Obama event, but remains uncommitted. Focusing on labor dispute for Democratic Convention in Denver.
Delaware's Ruth Ann Minner: Seems to have a good relationship with home-state Sen. Joe Biden, but no endorsement yet.
Illinois' Rod Blagojevich: Endorsed Obama the day he announced his candidacy.
Iowa's Chet Culver: Obama campaigned for him, Dodd attended his inauguration, Clinton met with him.
Kansas' Kathleen Sebelius: Seen as a vice presidential candidate, but has sidestepped endorsement questions.
The rest of the Dems after the jump.
Louisiana's Kathleen Blanco: Won't be in office in 2008, has attended an Obama fundraiser.
Maine's John Baldacci: In February told the New York Times of Obama, Edwards and Clinton, "None of them have called me." Someone's feelings hurt?
Maryland's Martin O'Malley: Endorsed Clinton in May. Bill and Hillary both campaigned for him last year.
Massachusetts' Deval Patrick: Close to Obama and Hillary (he worked in the Clinton White House)
Michigan's Jennifer Granholm: Clinton raised thousands for her reelection campaign last year.
Montana's Brian Schweitzer: Told the Washington Post, "I like a lot of them." Obama's shift against coal-to-liquid fuel could hurt.
New Hampshire's John Lynch: Three officials in his reelection campaign now work for Obama, but he's not tipping his hand.
New Jersey's Jon Corzine: Endorsed Clinton, calling her, "the most qualified person to be the president."
New Mexico's Bill Richardson: Supporting himself, presumably.
New York's Eliot Spitzer: Endorsed Clinton, saying, "She is a New Yorker through and through because she has charisma, courage, guts."
North Carolina's Mike Easley: Endorsed Edwards' '04 bid, in June '03, but, so far, nothing this time.
Ohio's Ted Strickland: Says he won't endorse prior to the Ohio primary, but insiders think he favors Clinton.
Oklahoma's Brad Henry: ?
Oregon's Ted Kulongoski: His former campaign chairman favors Edwards.
Pennsylvania's Ed Rendell: Hasn't endorsed anyone, he's just given $2,300 to Clinton's campaign and encouraged others to help her too.
Tennessee's Phil Bredesen: Quoted in NY Times: "Democrats certainly could not win in Tennessee with just a hard-nosed Nancy Pelosi-style Democratic agenda."
Virginia's Tim Kaine: Endorsed Obama in February, calling it "a very simple decision for me."
Washington's Christine Gregoire: Active in the moderate DLC, she isn't deciding yet.
West Virginia's Joe Manchin: Praised fellow governor, telling the Albuquerque Journal, "I think the people of West Virginia need to be introduced to Bill Richardson."
Wisconsin's Jim Doyle: Attended a fundraiser for Obama, who campaigned for him last year. No endorsement though.
Wyoming's Dave Freudenthal: ?