In 2000, Rev. Pfleger endorsed Barack Obama in his House race over incumbent Bobby Rush. Here’s what Rev. Pfleger said at the time (Chicago Sun-Times, 2/29/2000, purchase required):
More than a dozen South Side ministers said Monday that they won’t back U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush’s re-election effort because he has not been an aggressive leader for his district. The ministers, including the Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Catholic Church, 1210 W. 78th Pl., said they would instead back state Sen. Barack Obama (D-Chicago), citing his grass-roots background in their communities.
Pfleger said that for hard-pressed areas on the South Side “to receive the resources, opportunities and advantages that are afforded other communities and other individuals in this state, it’s going to take someone like Barack Obama.”
Pfleger has supported Rush for Congress in the past but said that “in the years he has held that seat, I haven’t seen the kind of changes we need to see in the 1st Congressional District.”
The $225,000 in Obama-grants announced in early 2001 to Pfleger’s church isn’t change you can believe in. This is change financed by the taxpayers of Illinois.