POSTING on Obama for America
May 13, 2008

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Endorses Barack Obama; Delegate Countdown - 148 To Go

CHICAGO, IL – Today, New Orleans Mayor and Superdelegate Ray Nagin endorsed Barack Obama for President, citing Obama’s advocacy for the people of Louisiana and working men and women across the country: 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Senator Obama worked to help address the needs of our Gulf Coast communities.  As the Gulf Coast continues to rebuild, other cities have faced tragic disasters across this country. Therefore,  it is critical  that this country's infrastructure and emergency response systems are evaluated and rebuilt to sustain our cities and protect our families. What happened in Louisiana should never happen again. 

I have learned firsthand that a unified constituency can make what seems impossible, possible. Senator Obama represents a new generation of leadership, one that can help heal the divisions of the past and unify this country so that together we can build a stronger future. 

Since the immediate days following the storm, I have been travelling to our nation’s capitol to advocate for policies that aid our rebuilding effort. I know firsthand, we desperately need the leadership of someone committed to changing the system in Washington that can hold us back from moving forward.  For these reasons, I endorse Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nominee.

Said Obama:

I want to thank Mayor Nagin for his support. I share his commitment to renewing the great city of New Orleans, which is one of the great national challenges of our time. I look forward to working with him and all New Orleanians to prepare for the storms that may come while advancing opportunity and prosperity for the people of this great American city.

Mayor Nagin is the 283rd superdelegate to endorse Obama, who is 148 delegates away from securing the Democratic nomination.