Another smear from Clinton campaign

A second email claiming Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama is a Muslim “intent on destroying the United States” has emerged from the campaign of rival Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Clinton’s campaign said Saturday they have “requested the resignation” of the Iowa volunteer coordinator but questions remain as to why two emails falsely claiming Obama has Muslim ties have come out of her campaign in Iowa.

Claims the email:

“Let us all remain alert concerning Obama’s expected presidential Candidacy. The Muslims have said they Plan on destroying the US from the inside out, what better way to start than at The highest level.”

Obama belongs to the United Church of Christ and says he has never been a member of the Muslim faith.

Yet smear tactics continue from the Clinton campaign. Obama recently took over the lead in pre-caucus polls and sources say Clinton’s campaign is faltering and in disarray.

Reports Nedra Pickler of The Associated Press:

The Clinton campaign has decried the rumors as offensive and outrageous, and last week forced volunteer Jones County coordinator Judy Rose to resign after learning that she forwarded a such an e-mail on Nov. 21. But it turns out Rose wasn’t the only one.

Linda Olson, a volunteer coordinator in Iowa County, had forwarded a similar version on Oct. 5, without comment, to 11 people. One of the recipients was Ben Young, a regional field director for Democrat Chris Dodd’s campaign, who provided a copy to The Associated Press on Sunday.

The Clinton campaign responded by asking for Olson’s resignation.

“We’ve made our position on this crystal clear,” said Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee. “Our campaign does not tolerate this kind of activity or campaigning. As soon as it came to our attention, we asked this individual to step down.”

Asked to explain why two people connected to the campaign would have forwarded similar e-mails and if the campaign was taking steps to find out if it’s more widespread, Elleithee replied, “We communicated to all of our paid staff and volunteer leadership that the senator and the campaign have a zero tolerance policy for this type of activity.”

Obama spokesman Bill Burton responded, “Iowans know garbage when they see it and it has no place in this race.” Burton said Obama will focus on the debate over issues like health care, education and getting out of Iraq.

11 Responses to "Another smear from Clinton campaign"

  1. KayInMaine  December 10, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    I bet Glenn Beck has something to do with this. Janet pointed out that there could be a mole planted inside Hillary’s campaign by Karl Rove. Could be….or it’s a mole by Glenn Beck, you know, Mr. I Don’t Hate Anyone Except Muslims, Liberals, Blacks, And Anyone Who Isn’t A Mormon Freak.

    http://www.whitenoiseinsanity.wordpress.com

  2. SEAL  December 10, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    That “Obama is a Muslim” tripe had already been distributed and proven to be false a few weekls ago. Therefore, anyone who tried to circulate it again would know they could only be hurting themselves. Surely an experienced campaign worker would know that. Hillary certainly would. I have always maintained that she wasn’t very smart, but I can’t believe se would be that dumb.

    I suspect sabotage.

    But who wants to sabotage Hillary in that way. I can’t believe any of the demo candidates would do it. Who’s style is that?

  3. Donnat  December 10, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    I read that these emails did not originate from the Clinton Campaign but were sent to this staffer (now fired) who sent it off to about 8 people as a curiosity.

    The Obama campaign seized on it as a way to discredit Hillary’s campaign and then she over-reacted by firing the staff IMO.

    I think a Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket would be unbeatable but I guess this bickering has already started and chances of that are 0.

    Donnat

  4. WWWexler  December 10, 2007 at 7:25 am

    This false email seems to be the worst that they can dig up on Obama. If that’s so, it bolsters the case that one of his attractive qualifications as a candidate is that he’s so clean that he will be immune to the swiftboating that is sure to follow a Clinton candidacy.

    Thanks for pointing that out TWICE, whoever you were in Iowa.

    PS… if you’re looking for a job in politics, get up with Karl Rove. They’re going to need all the help they can get this year.

    -Wexler

  5. Sandra Price  December 10, 2007 at 8:15 am

    Wexler, apparently Hillary has learned how to throw out insults and then refuse to admit it. This is exactly what we have had in the White House since 1988. She learned well when she as first lady how to lie to people and then show shock!

  6. Cobaltkid  December 10, 2007 at 9:23 am

    Hillary the Hypocrite

    Hillary is the only candidate who can make W look like an honest public servant. She still hasn’t explained how those Rose law firm billing records suddenly showed up out of nowhere.

    Right now she is proclaiming that it was “just a coincidence” that her mother, daughter, and husband were on the campaign trail at the same time this past weekend. Is there a possibilty that this “coincidence” certainly had something to do with the Oprah and Obama shows?

    How dumb does Hillary think we are?

  7. Steve Horn  December 10, 2007 at 9:35 am

    So is Hillary making the implication that Oprah is providing material support for Islamic terrorists by supporting Obama?

    Steve

  8. anthny  December 10, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    anthny
    It’s a little funny that the e-mail says the Muslims want to destroy the government from with-in.
    This is exactly what Bush and the Neo-Cons are doing.
    Hitler said the same thing about the German Democracy he was elected too.
    The only problem was the government was destroyed by Wilson in 1913 when he screwed We the People with the Federal Reserve.
    It is an established fact that the United States Federal Government has been dissolved by the Emergency Banking Act, March 9, 1933, 48 Stat. 1, Public Law 89-719; declared by President Roosevelt, being bankrupt and insolvent. H.J.R. 192, 73rd Congress m session June 5, 1933 – Joint Resolution To Suspend The Gold Standard and Abrogate The Gold Clause dissolved the Sovereign Authority of the United States and the official capacities of all United States Governmental Offices, Officers, and Departments and is further evidence that the United States Federal Government exists today in name onlyem was Bankrupted by March 1933

  9. Janet  December 10, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    Could it be that Rove planted a mole volunteer in the Hillary campaign? Wouldn’t put it past him.

  10. Elmo  December 10, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    The Cobaltkid asked: How dumb does Hillary think we are?

    No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence[1] of the American people. Henry Louis Mencken

    [1]Some sources indicate that “taste” may have been the original word. Either is apropos to the current discussion.

  11. DejaVuAllOver  December 11, 2007 at 2:17 am

    Steve Horn yer comment would be funny if it weren’t so da’gone true. That there Hill’ry critter’ll say dern near anythang, wonshe???

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