Back on March 5, the day after the big Texas and Ohio primaries, Casey, a freshman Democrat from Pennsylvania, was very firm in talking to Politico about superdelegate endorsements, given the high profile of his home-state primary April 22.
“If there’s one thing we’ve learned, endorsements by superdelegates are vastly overrated,” Casey told Politico and a few other reporters outside the Senate chamber that day. “They [the candidates] have plenty of time to debate the challenges in Pennsylvania. … I said a long time ago I’d stay neutral.”
Casey also said he wanted to play a role as a “unifier” in the party instead of taking sides.
How quickly things change.
Today, Casey will endorse Obama at a speech in Pittsburgh, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer story. In fact, Casey will join the Obama bus tour through Pennsylvania, adding the powerful Casey family brand name to the campaign.
In his March 5 comments, Casey warned that “our voters will have no patience for nastiness” if the Obama-Clinton fight continues to head in a negative direction.
Whether the Casey endorsement will have an effect on the polls remains to be seen. Hillary Clinton has a double-digit lead over Obama in most Pennsylvania polls.
The Crypt will update with Casey's comments later today as he explains his endorsement.