NYT – Iowa Caucus Results Put Pressure on Black Leaders for Endorsements

January 7, 2008

Iowa Caucus Results Put Pressure on Black Leaders for Endorsements

Before the Iowa caucus returns were in on Thursday, the phones started ringing in the home of Fletcher N. Smith Jr., a black state legislator from Greenville, S.C. Like other black leaders, Mr. Smith finds himself being courted so assiduously by the campaigns of Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama that he said he had thought, “Gosh, maybe I should run for president.”In New York, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights advocate, said he was called all Thursday night by “either the candidate themselves or someone high up in the top three campaigns” suggesting he make up his mind. And Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio, who is active in the Clinton campaign, quickly put in a call to another black politician — and fellow Delta Sigma Theta sorority member — whose candidate had just dropped out. …
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