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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:55 AM
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Clinton Camp Roots Out A Rogue Element (Maybe) - LATimes
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A work week partly consumed by an uproar sparked by controversial remarks by one of Hillary Clinton's high-profile supporters -- Geraldine Ferraro -- ended, at least at the presidential candidate's Philadelphia field office, with a minor flap caused by an anonymous backer.

The Times' Peter Nicholas was observing Clinton's grassroots operation in the City of Brotherly Love when a man who had been making calls at a phone bank on her behalf walked over, unbidden, to explain what motivated him.

"I'm supporting Hillary because I love the Lord and I don't want a person named Al-Barack Hussein Obama to be our next president,'' he said.

Told that Barack Obama is a practicing member of the Christian faith, the man said he believed Clinton's rival to be Muslim.

He went on to say that Obama "would be detrimental to the church.''


Nicholas relates that word of the incident quickly spread through the suite of offices. And in short order, another campaign worker came over as the man was about to make another call and grabbed the campaign-issued cellphone out of his hand. The worker then escorted the man, who said he was 55 years old, out of the room.

A spokesman for Clinton's Pennsylvania campaign, Mark Nevins, who was in another office at the time, told Nicholas afterward: "That guy's not going to be making phone calls for us anymore. Sometimes people have their own agenda. And that's not what our campaign is all about.''

The ill-informed worker, however, was not immediately drummed out of the corps. Asked a little later what became of the man, Nevins told Nicholas that he was assembling Clinton yard signs. He added that other campaign aides planned to talk to him.

"I don't think we want someone like that associated with the campaign,'' Nevins said.

Nicholas on Thursday night had visited Obama's campaign's field office in Doylestown, Pa., about an hour north of Philadelphia, and was allowed free access to roam without an escort. But he found the Clinton office more buttoned-down; a campaign volunteer shadowed him throughout his visit.

Link: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/03/rogu...

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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:59 AM
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1. I don't think this is that unusual. I'd love to see a poll of Democratic Primary voters which
Edited on Sat Mar-15-08 02:01 AM by Pirate Smile
asked Clinton supporters if Obama is a Muslim. I think the number would be higher then we think. It also seems like they don't make a practice of correcting the misinformation. Do they push it? I don't know.
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 02:18 AM
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3. I Just Found It Weird That They Won't Let This Guy Make Anymore Phone Calls, But...
they still use him to make Hillary Clinton yard signs.

Oh well, I guess you take your help wherever you find it.

:shrug:
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slampoet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 02:51 AM
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5. Ferraro proved herself a bigot and continued to serve the Clint Camp.

It fits the pattern.
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woolldog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 02:55 AM
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6. a lot of Clinton voters
don't have much education so they are more likely to fall prey to stuff like this. What can you do?
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kerry-is-my-prez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 02:01 AM
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2. I've worked on many campaigns and don't know of many that wouldn't escort a reporter
and keep an eye on them.
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 02:47 AM
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4. That was the part of the entry that interested me
Nice little throw-away at the end there.
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:20 AM
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7. I think it's good for freepers to actually get involved.
It's a starting point to de-program them.

I'm a silver-lining kinda guy, though.
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