Thursday, January 10, 2008

Being in New Zealand doesn't make US Rep. John Lewis an All Black

Over Guambat's IRESS newswire screen comes this short note, begging for the just-right headline*:
Wellington, Jan 9 NZPA - A senior United States black politician, Representative
John Lewis, says he has no regrets about endorsing Hillary Clinton over Barack
Obama - a black candidate -- for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination
given their performances in Iowa and New Hampshire.

But the Atlanta Democrat and civil rights leader, currently touring New Zealand
with a congressional party, also expressed admiration for the success Obama
enjoyed in early voting - primarily at the expense of Clinton.

"Thank goodness for what Obama has been doing in Iowa and New Hampshire. It's
historic," Lewis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from New Zealand.

"It's just the beginning," said Lewis, who spent his life fighting for black
voting rights and then raised eyebrows by backing Clinton, a friend, over
Obama.

*Hint for Yanks: Think Kiwi Rugby Union.

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