April 9, 2008
(AP) Barack Obama's leading backer in Virginia sees no harm in Democratic insiders beckoning superdelegates to abandon Hillary Clinton.
Governor Tim Kaine said Wednesday it's fair for 36 local party chairmen and five congressional district chairs to petition independent convention delegates to support Obama.
The petition, sent to all 16 Virginia superdelegates last week, urged them to end what they say is a divisive intraparty fight and unite behind Obama.
Kaine told reporters Wednesday that persuasion is fair and that he's confident the nomination will be decided for Obama soon enough after the next round of primaries.
But the governor said he opposes the idea of a formal meeting of superdelegates by June to prevent the nomination fight from lasting
through the August national convention.