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Raleigh's Mayor Meeker Endorses Obama

Posted April 18, 2008

— Although Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is a strong presidential candidate, the nation needs a transformational figure like Sen. Barack Obama, Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said Friday.

"He's bringing a lot of new people in the process. He's got a great campaign. He really provides the kind of hope that our country needs," Meeker said. "We're actually in a fair amount of trouble. We need a leader now."

Meeker said he and other local mayors are planning to hold a rally in support of the Illinois senator after next Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary.

"The mayors of Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh sort of represent what people are thinking here," he said. "All of us, of course, are for Barack Obama. We're looking at having some kind of event just to let everyone know how we feel about him."

The North Carolina primary is May 6.


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  • FloydTurbo Apr 21, 2008

    Charlie Meeker .... The Man Who Would Be King (of Raleigh)!

  • St Ives Apr 18, 2008

    Yeah Obama was waiting for this one , now he is a shoe in!

  • grayboomerang Apr 18, 2008

    LOL! I was thinking the same thing as everyone else....After the garbage disposal gate, anything Meeker supports, you have to wonder if it's a good idea or not.

    Maybe Obama will appoint him as his running mate and we'll be done with Mr. Meeker..LOL!

  • whatelseisnew Apr 18, 2008

    as if I needed any additional reasons to not vote for Senator Obama.

  • drose4814 Apr 18, 2008

    Am I the only one that sees Obama is a bad choice. Yes he promises so much but issues keep coming up to haunt him. What else is he not telling us and ultimately it is up to Congress anyway. Wake up people, I know there not alot of options but Obama is bad news.

  • CrewMax Apr 18, 2008

    I never realized before how useful endorsements are. It confirmed
    my suspicion abot the nebulous Meeker. Now, what about that dynamic Governor of ours?

    **You know, someone could really come in and do something good with this state if they had the mind to.

  • Fun Apr 18, 2008

    Meeker and Janet Crowell...disgusting representation.

  • imtiredofit Apr 18, 2008

    Well this clinches my vote, if Meeker is for Obama then I have to vote for someone else. Mr Meeker is so far off base on everything that anything he thinks is good can't be the way to go!

  • freddie cadetti 72 Apr 18, 2008

    Well well well...that's all I need to hear. Maybe Obama will appoint Meeker Secretary of the (sink interior).

  • Mr. T Apr 18, 2008

    How does Mayor Meeker KNOW what the people are thinking. He is so out of touch. He needs to get with Councilman Crowder and police the shopping carts.