Et Tu, Emanuel? Top Clintonite Backs Obama

By Ed O'Keefe

Jun 4, 2008 12:15pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein and Sunlen Miller Report: Rep. Rahm Emanuel, one of the most influential uncommitted superdelegates, has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president, a spokeswoman tells ABC News.

Emanuel, D-Ill., is the fourth-ranking member of House leadership, and was sought after by both Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Emanuel served as a high-ranking aide in Bill Clinton’s White House and is a longtime friend of Obama, who represents the Senate from his home state.

The Obama campaign said Emanuel, who is Jewish, will help Obama at a meeting with board members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Wednesday in Washington. Emanuel informed Sen. Clinton of his decision on Tuesday, as the final voting took place in Montana and South Dakota.

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