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Local Dem pol endorses McCain for president
By Emily Ngo
Legions of Hillary Clinton supporters vowed they would not vote for her rival Barack Obama following the Democratic primary, promising to back John McCain or stay away from the polls all together. While the vast majority have gravitated toward Obama in the subsequent months, some politicians are staying true to their word.
Assemb. Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn), a staunch supporter of Clinton, Monday endorsed Sen. John McCain for president, citing Sen. Barack Obama's connections to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright as the reason he crossed party lines.
"The Reverend Jeremiah Wright repeatedly lauded Louis Farrakhan,
conferring upon him honorific titles, often sounding like a devoted disciple of Farrakhan's. Farrakhan called Judaism the 'synagogue of Satan.' ... Obama did nothing. He said nothing. Not for one year. Not for five years ... not even after 10 years. For 20 years, Obama did not protest his pastor's racist tantrums."
"Barack Obama has not done anything to deserve my vote, concluded Hikind, who has served his district for more than 20 years.