The Towns-Obama Vote

An interested reader sent in this photograph showing how Representative Ed Towns, a Hillary Clinton supporter who faces a primary challenge this year, has embraced Barack Obama’s campaign. The picture was taken this afternoon and is of the building at 203 Ralph Street in Brooklyn, not far from Towns’ office.

Towns has lately been trying to demonstrate his association with the campaign, rolling out the endorsements of several central Brooklyn elected officials earlier this week, and noting that they all supported Obama during the primary. Towns needs to avoid a scenario in which the droves of Obama supporters who showed up in February could exact revenge on Towns and other African-American Clinton supporters.

Towns’ Democratic opponent, Kevin Powell, also intends to take advantage of Obama’s coattails, touting the fact that he supported Obama during the primary and employs a number of Obama supporters on his staff.

Obama is officially staying neutral in this race.