Obama helping other Democrats, but not Bill Jefferson

Dec 5, 2008 Full story: www.nola.com

In his bid for a 10th term representing the 2nd Congressional District, William Jefferson has boasted of his personal relationship with President-elect Barack Obama.

And as election day approaches Saturday, Obama is trying to make his political presence felt in a Louisiana congressional race. But it is in the 4th District in and around Shreveport, not Jefferson's seat in New Orleans, where Obama has remained noticeably silent.

"Together we made history, but there is still one more important election in Louisiana on Saturday, Dec. 6. Democrat Paul Carmouche is running for Congress, " Obama says in the opening of a radio ad being played on Shreveport stations with large African-American audiences. About 30 percent of the district's voters are black, and their turnout is crucial to Democratic hopes.

Mention of Jefferson's race against three challengers also is missing in a recent fundraising e-mail message to supporters in which Obama's campaign manger, David Plouffe, calls the 4th District "the last race of the year, " according to a posting on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee site imploring Democrats to volunteer to make last-minute phone calls on Carmouche's behalf.

Eugene Green, Jefferson's campaign manager and former chief of staff, said the campaign has not asked the president-elect to cut an ad for the congressman.

"We haven't requested it, " Green said. "It could certainly be valuable, but the bottom line is we are doing what we've been doing, " referring to what he said was a solid and proven get-out-the-vote operation. "It's a real grass-roots effort."

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Fargo, ND

#1 Dec 5, 2008
Gee, William (Billy the Kid) Jefferson being under Federal indictment on bribery and corruption charges just may have an influence on President-elect Obama's decision to publicly endorse him. Ya think? Maybe he should get Ludacris to sing a campaign ditty for him. And guess what, without Obama's name on the ballot, he won't get half the turnout from voters no matter who endorses him.

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