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Lee, Miller, Lofgren on Obama ‘truth squad’

Hot on the heels of Barack Obama‘s rout of Hillary Clinton in Saturday’s South Carolina primary, the Obama campaign announced today it’s forming a “truth squad” of California supporters who’ll refute what they say are mistruths spread by Clinton’s campaign.

miller.jpg“Yesterday we watched as the voters of South Carolina sent a clear message to America and voted for change,” House Education & Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Martinez, said today. “They rejected the divisive politics of the past and chose progress for the future. According to exit polls, 70% of South Carolina voters said the attacks leveled by the Clinton campaign were unfair. And despite weeks of misleading negative attacks, Barack Obama won because voters in South Carolina, like voters across America, wanted to bring this country together, and change the way business is done in Washington so we can finally stand up to the special interests and solve the problems that matter to ordinary Americans.”

lee3.jpgRep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, who spent time phone-banking for Obama on Saturday at the Oakland campaign headquarters, said, “We’re here today because we know Californians are tired of the same divisive politics that failed in South Carolina. We are organized to make sure that the truth is shared with Californians and to respond to same type of negative attacks that the Clinton campaign tried, and the voters rejected, in South Carolina.”

Take that, Bill and Hillary! (Um, and Ellen Tauscher and Lynn Woolsey, too!)

Besides Miller and Lee, other California Truth Squad members include Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood; Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank; Assembly Majority Floor Leader Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles; state Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-East Los Angeles; San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris; and LA Federation of Labor Executive Secretary/Treasurer Maria Elena Durazo.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Shirley

    The truth is the man, Ted, who left his lady friend to drown in the river has endorsed Obama..Yesterday, on ABCs “This Week”, Obama described Rezko as ” a friend of mine, a supporter who I’ve Known for 20 years” (his words, NOT mine) ..Today, Rezko was arrested by the FBI for corruption, influence peddling, and kickbacks from companies seeking business from Obama’s state of Illinois.. How can someone who is a friend to someone 20 years NOT know of his corruption? What next?? What is going to be divulged when Rezko goes to trial?? Be careful whom you support..It may eventually come back to bite you..

  • Ernie Brown

    Shirley Says:
    January 28th, 2008 at 12:31 pm
    The truth is the man, Ted, who left his lady friend to drown in the river has endorsed Obama..Yesterday, on ABCs “This Week”, Obama described Rezko as ” a friend of mine, a supporter who I’ve Known for 20 years” (his words, NOT mine) ..Today, Rezko was arrested by the FBI for corruption, influence peddling, and kickbacks from companies seeking business from Obama’s state of Illinois.. How can someone who is a friend to someone 20 years NOT know of his corruption? What next?? What is going to be divulged when Rezko goes to trial?? Be careful whom you support..It may eventually come back to bite you..

    I agree totally with this person, Barbara Lee, I don’t think you understand the different betwenn truth and twisted fact by Obama campaign. Read the fact ablut Rezko, Does Hillary’s campaign made this up again?
    As a matter of fact, me as an ordinary American citizen, I think before Hillary campaign didn’t do enough to get the truth out, the reason Obama wins right now because his campaign create a very clever public relations campaign, and most people are easily be fooled by that, I saw the U tube about Obama’ girl that arouse the emotion of the young girl to have a crash on Obama (just like a movie star), I think Obama campign is as skilful as Mrs. Rice (acrroding to the interview between Bill Moyer and Waxman- on the hearing of 9-11, Waxman said she used a very skilful respondance to answer the investigation question about the cover up in September 11).