Gephardt Takes Early Lead in 'Endorsement Primary'; 30 Congressional Colleagues Back Missourian
Byline: Charles Hurt, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, Missouri Democrat, leads the pack of presidential hopefuls in the so-called "endorsement primary."
Earlier this month, Mr. Gephardt announced endorsements from 30 House colleagues, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat.
"We're extremely pleased," said Gephardt spokesman Kim Molstre. "But we expect to get many more."
Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut Democrat, has the second-highest number of endorsements from congressional colleagues 12 from eight states, including fellow Connecticut Democratic Sen. Christopher J. Dodd.
Sen. John Edwards, North Carolina Democrat, has rounded up support from six congressmen from his state and one more from Texas. Mr. Edwards is followed by Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, who is supported by fellow Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and three other members of Congress.
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has endorsements from both Vermont senators and two House members.
Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, Illinois Democrat, has two congressional endorsements. Al Sharpton, New York activist, announced last week that he had support from Rep. Jose E. Serrano, New York Democrat.
Sen. Bob Graham, Florida Democrat, and Rep. …