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Hillary Pretends Old Endorsement Is News

From The Hill:

Clinton recycles an old NAACP endorsement

By Klaus Marre
Posted: 01/17/08

The campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) recycled a nine-month-old endorsement from an NAACP leader earlier this week when the discussion about race in the Democratic primary reached a fever pitch and a new poll indicated that black voters were sharply breaking for Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.).

The campaign announced that California NAACP President Alice Huffman endorsed the former first lady on Monday, adding that this coincided with the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (which was on Tuesday).

However, an entry on Clinton’s campaign blog from April 27, 2007, shows that Huffman was among a slew of “leading Californians” who publicly supported the senator.

The endorsement announcement was clearly aimed at showing that Clinton had significant African-American support amid intensifying criticism of her remark on former President Lyndon Johnson’s involvement in passing the Civil Rights Act. Some interpreted Clinton’s comment as diminishing the role of Dr. King in the civil rights movement.

“Over the years, Hillary Clinton has earned my respect as a staunch advocate for the rights of people invisible to our nation’s government, including women, minorities, children, and seniors,” Huffman said in the release announcing her endorsement this week. “As president, I feel strongly that Hillary will create an atmosphere in this country that accepts and promotes the rights of all Americans.” …

At press time, Huffman told The Hill that she has been a “very-longstanding supporter” of the Clinton campaign and confirmed that she endorsed the senator last year. She also stated that it was the campaign’s decision to make an announcement this week.

“Part of it is strategy,” Huffman said, adding that it was beneficial for the Clinton campaign to put the spotlight on the support of “someone like me.”

The Clinton campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Darrell West, the John Hazen White Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Brown University and the director of the school’s Taubman Center for Public Policy and Department of Political Science, said the campaign’s move was “a little deceptive,” because the endorsement was made at an earlier point.

West said, “To be able to announce an endorsement from an NAACP [official] at a time when race is dividing the country is really good timing.” West added that this week’s Huffman endorsement would have been a savvy maneuver if the earlier one had not been noticed.

While the Huffman case might be the most blatant example, there have been other instances when Clinton managed to boast of an endorsement at an opportune time.

On Oct. 11, 2007, The Hill reported that former Vice President Walter Mondale would formally back Clinton. Yet the campaign did not make an official announcement of the high-profile endorsement until early November. At the time, the former first lady was trying to battle back from her poor debate performance in Philadelphia, where she fumbled on a question about whether she supported allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

On the day after the Oct. 30 debate, the campaign announced that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) was backing Clinton — her highest-profile union endorsement so far…

The Hill also provides links to the two aforementioned press releases, so that one can see for oneself:




Here is how the latest begins:

California NAACP President Alice Huffman Endorses Clinton


Huffman Supports Clinton as “staunch advocate for rights of all Americans”

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Clinton campaign today announced the endorsement of Alice Huffman, President of the California State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP.) The endorsement comes on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s birthday. Senator Clinton delivered a speech in honor of the national holiday today at an SEIU celebration in New York City…

What a liar Mrs. Clinton is.

Meanwhile, here is the only mention of Ms. Huffman, buried in the first press release from nine months ago:

Leading Californians Endorse Clinton


Leading Californians Endorsing Hillary Today:

  • Alice Huffman, Democratic National Committee Member
  • Also note that back in April Ms. Huffman wasn’t a leader of the NAACP — or even black.

    But really, what’s all the fuss?

    Hillary should be able to cite her endorsements as news whenever she wants.

    She paid for them.

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