The Obama campaign announced in a conference call this afternoon the endorsement of superdelegate David Wilhelm, the national campaign manager of President Clinton’s winning bid in 1992.
Yes, Bill Clinton’s campaign manager has endorsed Barack Obama.
Wilhelm, the chairman of the DNC during Clinton’s first term and a former venture capitalist, has strong Ohio roots, so his endorsement should come as no surprise after Hillary Clinton made the Buckeye State a central part of her revised campaign strategy with endorsees Gov. Ted Strickland and former Sen. John Glenn visibly in tow.
I still don’t hold much stock in endorsements. Unless they come from a certain former VP or a candidate with delegates to throw around (I’m looking at you, John Edwards), they probably won’t have much effect in the long run. But Wilhelm could prove more important behind the scenes than on the stump.
Wilhelm is a devout Christian who’s spoken of his faith widely. In 2006 he launched FaithfulDemocrats.com, a site designed to ‘provide a Christian-focused, Democratic community online.’ He can be an asset in wooing religious Democrats in Texas and Ohio — and perhaps help thwart Clinton’s Hail-Mary strategy.