Leader of Florida delegate challenge endorses Clinton

Jon Ausman has half of a vote at the convention; he's supporting Hillary Clinton now, he says, to send a message to the Obama campaign.

Published June 3, 2008 8:36PM (EDT)

As Tuesday has progressed, the steady trickle of superdelegates announcing their support for Barack Obama has been all but uninterrupted. But Hillary Clinton has now gotten one of her own: Jon Ausman, the Democratic National Committee member from Florida who successfully challenged the decision to strip his state of all its delegates to the Democratic convention.

There is a twist to Ausman's support, though. He told the Palm Beach Post that he had actually been thinking of endorsing Obama until he got a call from Clinton herself on Tuesday morning, and that his endorsement is meant as a message to Obama's campaign. "This is not about personal animosty, it's about bringing the country together," Ausman said.

Ausman wants to see an Obama-Clinton ticket for the fall. He told the Post he asked Clinton if she'd consider that, adding, "She said she'd think about it."

Because of the decision made by the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee on Saturday, Ausman has half a vote at the convention.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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