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06/27/2007 10:48 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

SEIU Official Quits Obama Ad

A day after a new television ad debuted for White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) aimed at Iowa voters, the union official in it was removed from the spot at his request.

Chicago-based Tom Balanoff, the president of SEIU Local 1, was in the original version of an ad about Obama's years in Chicago as a community organizer.

It was released on Monday, along with another spot featuring state Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) -- who is backing Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for president -- who talks about Obama's bipartisan efforts while they served together in Springfield.

The spots, by Obama media strategist David Axelrod, are biographical testimonials about Obama rather than endorsements.

But Balanoff wanted to be cut because he "did not want to imply a national endorsement" for Obama, said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.

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