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It should come as no surprise to political insiders that John Olsen, a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention in August, announced Thursday afternoon that he will be supporting Sen. Hillary Clinton.

At a press conference in Speaker of the House James Amann’s office, Olsen said he had a strong feeling about Clinton following her victory in the Pennsylvania primary. 

Clinton showed me she has the ability to “stand up and do battle,” he said.

Olsen said he knows some people are annoyed that the superdelegates will be playing such a big role in the Democratic nomination, but was unapologetic about it. “The rules are the rules,” he said.

Olsen is the second superdelegate to announce his support for Sen. Hillary Clinton. The first was Ellen Camhi of Stamford. Seven other superdelegates have pledged their support to Sen. Barack Obama, while two, Democratic State Party Chair Nancy DiNardo and Congressman Joe Courtney, have yet to announce their support for either of the candidates.

Olsen has been a DNC member since 1996, is president of the AFL-CIO and former Democratic State Party Chair. Click here to read our previous report about Olsen’s deliberations.