Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, has endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Her announcement Wednesday delivers a blow to the Hillary Clinton election campaign, which has been bolstered by strong female support, including that of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.
"I've thought long and hard about making this choice, and it moves beyond gender or race," Ms. Eshoo told the Almanac Wednesday.
"I've chosen to support Barack Obama because I think he's the best suited for [the presidency," she said. "He inspires me."
"So many of his qualities are really a profile of the district I represent," she continued. "I'm excited... And I'm really looking forward to Tuesday."
In a prepared statement, Congresswoman Eshoo elaborated on the characteristics she believes Sen. Obama shares with her Bay Area constituents, saying he is "innovative, collaborative, optimistic and dedicated to change as a way to make things better."
Sen. Obama "gives me hope," she wrote. "He appeals to the best in us and in doing so, he restores the sense of idealism that brought me to public service.
"Senator Obama also reminds me of John Kennedy who inspired my generation to fight injustice at home and to be ambassadors for democracy around the world. And he recalls Robert Kennedy who sought to heal a dispirited and divided nation and touched those who saw him as their champion for social justice.
"Senator Obama's candidacy is historic, and so is the reaction to it. He has brought thousands of disaffected and skeptical people back into the political process and he has struck a chord with thousands of young voters. Still more are poised to participate in the days ahead.
"Barack Obama is a true son of America. The country needs the benefit of his extraordinary life experience, as well as his practiced policy and leadership skills. As someone who works in Washington, but who lives on the other side of the country, I know how deeply engrained the 'old ways' of Washington are, and how they often exclude and dismiss the aspirations of our people.
"His candidacy presents an opportunity we cannot afford to pass by. Years from now, I do not want to ask 'what if...' That's why I will do everything I can to see that Senator Obama wins the Democratic Party nomination and the Presidency of the United States."
In a statement, Mr. Obama said, "We are proud to have the support of Congresswoman Eshoo who shares my commitment to government transparency and quality, affordable healthcare.''