Inquiries from the Rocky Mountain News prompted Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign on Thursday to remove a supporter’s “Bill in blackface?” event announcement from her official campaign Web site.
The notice appeared in an “action center” section of www.hillaryclinton.com where average supporters are allowed to publicize local events that are not necessarily sanctioned by the campaign.
In this case, the notice promised “Laughter at NAFTA Rally!” on Monday in downtown Cleveland.
“We’ve hired some high-end comedic talent to ease the way into Primary Day! Want to see HRC in cat-scratch mode? Bill in blackface? How about Mark Penn doling out pizza crusts and doughnut holes to the volunteers? We’ve got it all!”
The event was listed at: http://www.hillaryclinton.com/actioncenter/event/view/?id=10076.
An archived version of the announcement is available at the Rocky Mountain News’ “Back Roads to the White House” blog: http://blogs.rockymountainnews.com/denver/sprengelmeyer/.
Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee called the language of the announcement “inappropriate and offensive.”
“Any one of our supporters can host an event using the action network on our Web site and post it up there,” Elleithee said. “If we ever find anything objectionable and it doesn’t reflect what our campaign is about, we remove it, as we did in this case.”
(Contact M.E. Sprengelmeyer of the Rocky Mountain News at www.rockymountainnews.com.)