Foster, Out of the Closet with Obama

If you’re a Democratic elected official in New York, it’s no small thing to support a presidential candidate not named Hillary Clinton.

Ask City Council member Helen Foster of the Bronx, who was among the first local officials to support Barack Obama.

Foster chatted with me on the City Hall steps just now about what it’s been like to come out — in opposition to the local establishment — as an Obama supporter in New York.

“It’s absolutely exciting,” she said. “I have gotten more people coming up to me because they know I have been openly–as people come up to me and say, ‘out of the closet’ with Obama–people are excited. Young, old, you are seeing a swell in New York and I think that it’s a mistake for anybody to write him off in New York City and especially in Bronx County.”