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‘Rep. Charlie Gonzalez endorses Obama’

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Illinois Sen. Barack Obama picked up a key endorsement Monday from Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, D-San Antonio, who said he backs the Illinois senator for the Democratic nomination for president.

"Senator Obama brings all these new fresh faces,’’ Gonzalez told the San Antonio Express-News. "He has a wider audience. He has the greater potential to engage a greater number of people.’’ 

…Gonzalez, who is a Super Delegate to the Democratic convention — one of roughly 800 officeholders and party leaders with a vote in the nominating process — had endorsed John Edwards, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee, until he dropped out of the presidential race.

Since then, Gonzalez said he has received a flurry of telephone calls from Clinton and Obama supporters.

"I truly believe that Senator Clinton or Senator Obama will prevail in November," Gonzalez said in a telephone interview. "I just want to insure that we have our strongest candidate, which is Obama."

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