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Hillary cans advisor for Obama slur

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December 14, 2007

A top campaign adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton resigned, a day after suggesting Democrats should be wary of nominating Barack Obama because his teenage drug use could make it hard for him to win the presidency.

Clinton herself apologized to Obama as they waited to fly to Iowa for a debate.

Obama’s campaign sent out a fundraising letter contending that “this kind of attack is becoming a pattern as Clinton’s support declines.”

Bill Shaheen, a national co-chairman for Clinton and a prominent New Hampshire political figure, had raised the issue of Obama’s youthful drug use during a Wednesday interview, published on washingtonpost.com.

“I made a mistake and in light of what happened, I have made the personal decision that I will step down as the co-chair of the Hillary for President campaign,” Shaheen said in a statement released by the campaign Thursday. “This election is too important, and we must all get back to electing the best qualified candidate who has the record of making change happen in this country. That candidate is Hillary Clinton.”

Shaheen, an attorney and veteran organizer, had 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 a former New Hampshire 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 personally apologized to Obama when they were on the tarmac at Washington’s Reagan National Airport Thursday morning, preparing to fly to Des Moines for a debate, according to aides to both candidates.

“Having been on the receiving end of unfair attacks for years, she doesn’t think this is what the campaign should be about,” said Clinton spokesman Jay Carson. “She told him she wanted to win the presidency, but not through tactics like that.”

Clinton’s campaign said it had nothing to do with Shaheen’s earlier comments.

However, Ned Helms, an Obama co-chairman in New Hampshire, said he saw a pattern after the recent resignations of two Clinton volunteer coordinators in Iowa who had forwarded e-mails raising questions about Obama’s religion.

“When you see a pattern of people making statements and the follow-up statement, ‘Oh, that wasn’t authorized,’ it doesn’t take a genius to see that there’s a thread going on here,” Helms said.

And the Obama campaign sent a fundraising e-mail to supporters asking for donations to help fight such tactics.

“The only way to stop these kinds of tired, desperate attacks is to demonstrate very clearly that they have a real cost to Senator Clinton’s campaign,” campaign manager David Plouffe wrote. “Make no mistake — this kind of attack is becoming a pattern as Clinton’s support declines.”

Obama wrote about his teenage drug use in his memoir, “Dreams from My Father.” His rivals have largely remained silent on the subject.

“Junkie. Pothead. That’s where I’d been headed: the final fatal role of the young would-be black man,” Obama wrote. Mostly he smoked marijuana and drank alcohol, he wrote, but occasionally he would snort cocaine when he could afford it.

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.

3 Responses to Hillary cans advisor for Obama slur

  1. yarply

    December 14, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    The title caption is wrong. Hillary did not “can” the campaign advisor. As the article clearly states the person in question said; “I made a mistake and in light of what happened, I have made the personal decision that I will step down as the co-chair of the Hillary for President campaign,” Shaheen said in a statement released by the campaign Thursday.
    He resigned and was not canned. See, he can not be fired because he was just doing what he was told to do. No matter what he or “Hilliary” says.
    I thing “Pilliary” should come clean on HER OWN drug use and her former affiliation with the black panthers.

    Of course it is not really a slur since it is true….

  2. SEAL

    December 14, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    There is just too damn much of this type of crap coming out of the Hillary camp for it not to be Her decisions at her directions. Sheehan is/was one of her top people, part of the brain trust. He would never make a “mistake” like that.

    This gives the appearance that Hilly is so scared she is willing to move one of her best people out of the official core just to lay down some dirt on Obama.

    This is not a person I would ant for a president or a dog catcher.

  3. Carl Nemo

    December 15, 2007 at 2:05 am

    They’re all grins when everything is going their way…no? So I thought “we the people” need to do a thought experiment.

    Take a good hard look at the photo supplied with this article. Now imagine that’s the face of Madame President and she’s now in control of our lives. She’ll be looking through her inky-black, dark, slitty eyes as she says she’s just declared martial law post some engineered debacle, no different than Bushco. If you think Bushco is bad, this woman will become our worst nightmare and will be a Dem version of Bushco in spades…!

    If the American people elect her to the presidency it will confirm my belief that the electorate likes to suffer and suffer mightily at the hands of “silver-tongued” d/evil pols…!

    They foolishly gave Bush a second term even with so much dirt exposed during his first term…go figure…!?

    Carl Nemo **==