Monday, February 04, 2008 By Aaron Brown
Range group backs Obama
By Charles Ramsay
CHISHOLM — An area group has stepped up with backing for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, as the Iron Range Leadership Committee voiced its support for the Illinois senator before Minnesota’s Tuesday caucus.
Heading up the committee will be U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., who Friday announced his switch in support to Obama after candidate John Edwards dropped out of the race last week; and House Majority Leader Rep. Tony Sertich, DFL-Chisholm.
The group Saturday spoke up for Obama Saturday, choosing the Rudy Perpich Room at Ironworld in Chisholm as their venue. Oberstar was not present Saturday, but Sertich explained why he was for Obama. As a former Edwards backer himself, he was for Obama, “because he spoke of working class values,’’ Sertich said .
Other committee members include John Grahek, Paul Cerkvenik, Kathleen Murray and Nevada Littlewolf of Virginia; and Aaron Brown of Balsam Township.
A candidate like the Illinois senator “comes around once in a generation,’’ Sertich said, who can inspire people to turn out and support him and lead the country, especially where “unity, hope and healing is necessary,’’ he added.
“We hope Minnesota and the Iron Range will join us Tuesday,’’ Sertich added. If persons are interested in finding out more about where their precinct caucus is, they can check out www.dfl.org, he said.
Rep. Tom Anzelc, Dist. 3A, said Obama is the one candidate who can reach young people in large numbers, and also who can bring the country together again after the Iraq war.
“After eight years of the darkness of the Bush Administration, it is of critical importance that the nation is healed,’’ he said.
Anzelc said he was a supporter of Obama even while Edwards was in the race, and on visits to high schools in his district, students would asks lots of questions about him.