DeLauro To Endorse Obama On Saturday

Rep Rosa DeLauro, a veteran high-ranking Democrat from Connecticut, is set to endorse Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday, the Huffington Post has learned.

DeLauro will be the third House member from Connecticut in recent days to throw support behind Obama. Reps. John Larson and Christopher Murphy also announced endorsements this week, providing a boost to the Illinois Democrat in one of the 22 states to cast ballots on the February 5th super primary.

DeLauro is also a superdelegate to the 2008 Democratic convention; she had backed Sen. Chris Dodd -- for whom she had once served as chief of staff -- before he ended his presidential bid.

On Tuesday, Rasmussen Reports released a survey showing Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton tied (40 percent to 40 percent) in Connecticut.

DeLauro is a beloved figure in New Haven and has been a staunch opponent of the Iraq war. Her latest legislative initiative would restrict the president's hand in negotiating a long-term military presence in Iraq without Congress' approval. It may sound familiar: Hillary Clinton has pushed a very similar bill in the Senate, which she has mentioned in recent debates.

DeLauro's husband is Stan Greenberg, the prominent democratic pollster and former adviser to President Bill Clinton.