Like many people I am a BIG fan of our former Senator John Edwards, and am supportive of his presidential campaign. But the other day I had a very interesting conversation. I was taking to a former Edwards supporter who supportted John Edwards in his 2004 presidential run, but is NOT supportting him in 2008. Instead he is supportting Barack Obama.
During our discussion he made a claim that I found incredible. He said that "all of the African-American staffers who worked for Edwards in 2004 are NOT with him in 2008." He then proceded to receit a long list of names.
At first I assummed that the defections where do to the fact that Obama is an African-American candidate. However I was then told that all these staffers had made their decisions well before Obama got in the race. In most cases these African-Americans made the decision NOT to continue their support for Edwards almost immediatly after the 2004 election!
Supposedly many of them made the decision to support Mark Warner, and only started thinking about Obama after Warner announced he wasn't running.
I'd like to hear some feedback on this. Does anyone know any African-Americans who where with him in 2004 and are still with him? If not, why not? As a Southern democrat Edwards has done extremly well with African-American voters. He also appears to be very strong on all the issues that are important to the African-American community. Why is it then that African-American staffers abandoned him in droves?