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Hillary Camp Brings Up Obama’s Drug Past

From an outraged Associated Press:

Clinton adviser says Obama’s drug history could hurt in November if he wins Dem nomination

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

Last update: December 13, 2007

A top adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign said that Democrats should give more thought to Sen. Barack Obama’s admissions of illegal drug use before they pick a presidential candidate.

Obama’s campaign said the Clinton people were getting desperate. Clinton’s campaign tried to distance itself from the remarks Wednesday, and the adviser said later he regretted making them.

Bill Shaheen, a national co-chairman of Clinton’s front-runner campaign, raised the issue during an interview with The Washington Post, posted on washingtonpost.com.

Shaheen, an attorney and veteran organizer, said much of Obama’s background is unknown and could be a problem in November 2008 if he is the Democratic nominee. He said Republicans would work hard to discover new aspects of Obama’s admittedly spotty youth.

“It’ll be, ‘When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?'” said Shaheen, whose wife, Jeanne, is the state’s former governor and is running for the U.S. Senate next year.

There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks. It’s hard to overcome,” Shaheen said.

Clinton’s campaign said it had nothing to do with his comments, and Shaheen said later he regretted them.

“I deeply regret the comments I made today and they were not authorized by the campaign in any way,” Bill Shaheen said in an e-mail released by the campaign

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said in response to Shaheen’s remarks:

“Hillary Clinton said attacking other Democrats is the fun part of this campaign, and now she’s moved from Barack Obama’s kindergarten years to his teenage years in an increasingly desperate effort to slow her slide in the polls. Senator Clinton’s campaign is recycling old news that Barack Obama has been candid about in a book he wrote years ago, and he’s talked about the lessons he’s learned from these mistakes with young people all across the country. He plans on winning this campaign by focusing on the issues that actually matter to the American people.” …

New polling shows Clinton and Obama basically tied in New Hampshire. A CNN-WMUR-TV poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire shows Clinton at 31 percent support, Obama at 30. The same poll had Obama trailing by 20 points in September…

This is more of Hillary’s “flawless campaign” at work. The nerve of these people is only matched by their ineptitude. 

Once again we have to ask how many national co-chairman does the Hillary campaign have? The mayors of San Francisco and Los Angeles, Sheila Jackson Lee, Alcee Hastings, and who knows who else? (There doesn’t seem to be any official list.)

Is there a requirement that these national co-chairs must all be stupid or criminals — or criminally stupid?

Predictably, in the typical fashion of the day, Obama’s camp is using Hillary’s latest ham-fisted attack as the basis for a new round of fundraising.

But that’s okay.

According to her Hillary’s latest campaign ad, her mother likes her:

And if her mother’s endorsement on top of her husband’s endorsement isn’t enough to convince you, then you are simply a Hillary-hater.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 13th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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