Obama loses two more CBC members


Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC)G.K. Butterfield


North Carolina’s Democratic congressmen are sticking with presidential candidate John Edwards. All seven House members have endorsed Edwards, the former U.S. senator, who is seeking the Democratic nomination next year.”The North Carolina delegation unanimously supports John’s candidacy because we know his character, leadership ability and commitment to our country,” U.S. Rep. David Price of Chapel Hill, the delegation’s senior Democrat, said Thursday in a statement. “He’ll be an effective president, and we look forward to helping put a great North Carolinian in the White House.”

Among those endorsing Edwards were both of the state’s African-American congressmen, Mel Watt and G.K. Butterfield. The competition for black voters is expected to be particularly keen with Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton in the race. “I’ve known John for years and support his commitment to helping Americans climb the economic ladder,” said Watt, a past chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The endorsements were announced at a time when Edwards has a modest lead in the polls in his home state.

Edwards will make a campaign appearance Tuesday at Bennett College in Greensboro as part of a college tour.