In a comment that was probably noticed by Donald Payne, Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. told the Associated Press that there could be a career risk for African American politicians (he means superdelegates) who are supporting Hillary Clinton for President even though their constituents voted for Barack Obama. “Many of these guys have offered their support to Mrs. Clinton, but Obama has won their districts. So you wake up without the carpet under your feet. You might find some young primary challenger placing you in a difficult position” in the future, he added.
Payne is a ten-term Congressman from Newark whose district voted overwhelmingly for Obama in the February 5 primary, even though Payne endorsed Clinton on January 1. Payne has some political problems at home – Newark Mayor Cory Booker, one of the leaders of Obama’s New Jersey campaign, has pointedly refused to say if he’ll back Payne for re-election in the June primary, and Payne angered some Democrats last year when he supported his brother, a Democratic Assemblyman who ran as an Independent candidate for State Senator.