I’m not one to tell somebody how they should vote … but I think the people of Lee, Johnston and Harnett counties can make a case for asking U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge to side with Hillary Clinton as his superdelegate choice … even with Barack Obama the apparent winner.
As we reported in Tuesday’s Herald, Etheridge has a superdelegate vote, one of many still left that will ultimately decide the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. Just last week, Barack Obama (who leads the overall delegate count from the popular vote), overtook Clinton in superdelegate votes, too.
Obama also won the North Carolina primary, and only three of the 10 counties that Etheridge represents sided with Clinton. But those three counties — Lee, Johnston and Harnett — are three of the four counties completely represented by Etheridge (he shares representation with other counties). I say that puts Etheridge in a tight spot … does he represent the will of his people, or just vote the way he wants to? It could be a slippery slope for him, either way.
U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler (a great college quarterback, not-so-great NFL quarterback and now successful politician) sided with Clinton because the people in his districts voted for her. Will Etheridge do the same?
Not that I care, mind you. I’m voting for Christopher Walken.