Politics & Government

August 27, 2008

Obama ushers in a new generation of black leaders

When Ty Harrell looks at Barack Obama, he sees a little of himself. Both are Democratic office holders who stress bipartisanship. Both came from racially mixed backgrounds. Both won elections thanks to white constituents — Harrell as a state legislator representing a Republican House district. That may be why Harrell, a year and a half ago, was the first elected official in North Carolina to endorse Obama.

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