The New York Times Politics Blog is reporting that Senator John Edwards will receive a key endorsement in Iowa on Monday.
December 2, 2007,Ã‚Â 9:06 pm
Edwards Wins a Key Iowa Backer
By Jeff Zeleny
DES MOINES Ã¢â‚¬â€œ John Edwards is set to collect a key Iowa endorsement tomorrow from one of the stateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Democratic members of Congress, a coveted prize that each of Mr. EdwardsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ rivals have been aggressively courting.
Representative Bruce Braley, who represents IowaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s First Congressional District in the eastern portion of the state, is scheduled to announce that he is supporting the presidential candidacy of Mr. Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina. The development was confirmed to The Caucus by two Democratic officials familiar with the endorsement.
Mr. Braley was elected to Congress last year as Democrats swept control of the House of Representatives from Republicans. In recent weeks, he has been sought after by Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and Mr. Edwards, all three of whom headlined separate versions of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bruce, Blues and BBQ,Ã¢â‚¬Â a fund-raising dinner for Mr. Braley.
He is the first of IowaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s three Democratic members of Congress to announce his endorsement. The value of any endorsement is always an open question, but as Mr. Edwards seeks to compete for attention and support with Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama, this rollout signals the beginning of an intense final month of the Iowa caucus campaign.
The endorsement will formally be announcedÃ‚Â Monday in Waterloo.