December 4th, 2007
11:16 AM ET
7 years ago

Clinton attack ad tied to Edwards supporter

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A fellow Democrat who was connected with John Edwards' presidential campaign is attacking Hillary Clinton in a new television ad he says will air later this week in the early voting state of Iowa.

The ad accuses the New York Democratic senator of folding to Republican pressure and will run on Iowa cable, according to Glenn Hurowitz, co-founder and president of Democratic Courage, the newly-formed political action committee that created the spot.

Hurowitz, an environmental activist, was listed as a “National Environmentalists for Edwards Leader” in an official press release sent out by the Edwards campaign earlier this fall, which described him as “principal” of Democratic Courage. He said in an interview Tuesday that he is no longer connected with the former North Carolina senator’s campaign in any way.

Hurowitz, along with fellow Democratic Courage founder Sam Goldman, has also donated to the Edwards campaign several times this election cycle, according to Federal Election Commission records.

John Edwards is locked in a heated three-way battle with Clinton and Barack Obama for first place in the Hawkeye State less than one month before the Iowa caucuses.

Dan Leistikow, an Edwards’ spokesman, denied that the campaign had any knowledge of Hurowitz’s activities.

“He is acting completely independent of the Edwards campaign,” Leistikow said. “We have had absolutely no contact or involvement with him since we learned of his activities outside of our campaign.”

A Clinton spokeswoman dismissed the group’s efforts in a Tuesday morning email, noting that the initial ad buy had yet to be finalized. "Only problem is that the group has NOT purchased a single second of air time there – not even on cable,” the spokeswoman wrote. “No buy means their web video should go bye-bye."

In fact, it is not clear how much money Hurowitz is putting behind the ad – information he refuses to disclose. He is actively soliciting donations on his Web site to help pay for it.

“Democratic Courage is dedicated to electing a progressive, courageous, and winning Democratic presidential candidate,” Hurowitz writes to prospective donors. “Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton has fallen short on that standard... We need your help to get this message out to Iowa voters today.”

In the interview, Hurowitz acknowledged that his newly formed political action committee was created late enough in the campaign cycle that it does not have to release the names of its donors to the FEC until January 30, weeks after voters in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina have already cast their ballots. He added that his group hopes to expand its targets beyond Clinton to other Democratic candidates, and to air positive ads for a contender that shared their vision.

Hurowitz has been an active contributor over the past year on Daily Kos, the progressive online political forum, where he has created "diaries" praising Edwards and bashing Clinton and Obama.

In a summer post titled "Ohmigod, Hillary is like, so SMART!," that called the prospect of an Edwards presidency “exciting,” Hurowitz wrote that reading a campaign dispatch from Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle “…makes it sound like Hillary is surrounded by gushing sycophants comforting her with the campaign equivalent of 'No way – your butt's not too big – you look totally hot!'"

In an October post titled "Barack Obama: World's Worst Negotiator," he said that the Illinois senator had "made a pattern of accommodation and capitulation ever since he got to the Senate – and, as a result, keeps getting rolled.”

The same month, he wrote an item for the Huffington Post in which he said the idea of Edwards as president was making him “giddy.”

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • John Edwards
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. anon New York, NY

    Perhaps Clinton supporters can launch an anti-Obama campaign called "Hawaiian Kindergarten Teachers For The Truth."

    December 4, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. john williams san diego, ca.

    Horowitz might be giddy, but even liberal loons and 80% of the Democratic party know that the 'breck girl' is a total fraud and unelectable..

    December 4, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Ken, San Diego, CA

    Depending on the nature of the aid, this could hurt Edwards.

    Edwards was the beneficiary of the squabble between Obama and Hillary. If he jumps into a negative frey, it won't bode well with Iowans.

    December 4, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. bkk atlanta

    After Wife and himself, it is others turn from his campaign to bash HRC. Edwards you would have been up in the polls if not for this negative campaign. The only guy who got benefit out of your negative campaign is Obama. Hope if that guys wins nomination, he gives you a VP post.

    December 4, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. anon, watertown, ny

    CNN keeps posting anti-Hillary news. Not fair journalism here.

    December 4, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. V. Novosad, Sugar Land, Texas

    To: Senators Obama, Edwards and the folks of Iowa - listen up:

    Iran has has sidelined its nuclear weapons plan. Now comes a report that Iran became anxious and went public AFTER the U. S. resolution concerning a possible attack. Question: Which of the two Senatorial Candidates voted for the resolution that brought the good news from Iran? NOT OBAMA - It was SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON! Now what is he going to criticize her for?????

    December 4, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    John Edwards just needs to sit back and let Hillary and Barack attack each other , and be the beneficiary of it at the end.

    December 4, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Susan Davis, Rogue River, OR

    Mr. Edwards, if you know about ANY attack ads against ANY candidate, you will lose my support.

    I have NO tolerance for this kind of stuff. Please don't lower yourself this way. And if you aren't aware of it, at least say so publicly.

    We really don't have time for such things; far too many more important issues to deal with.

    December 4, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Ca Native

    CNN keeps posting anti-Hillary news. Not fair journalism here.

    Posted By anon, watertown, ny : December 4, 2007 2:22 pm


    I guess if MY candidate had enjoyed blatantingly biased coverage from CNN for the last 6-8 months, and enjoyed getting "plants" in both the last Democrat and Republican debate... I too might think CNN is NOW unfair when they report ALL the news – good and bad about Hillary.

    Poor Poor Hillary. When she gets treated like every other candidate – she and her minions cry foul.

    December 4, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Ryan, New Jersey

    "Iran has has sidelined its nuclear weapons plan. Now comes a report that Iran became anxious and went public AFTER the U. S. resolution concerning a possible attack. Question: Which of the two Senatorial Candidates voted for the resolution that brought the good news from Iran? NOT OBAMA — It was SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON! Now what is he going to criticize her for?????"

    Oh wow, now that I've stopped laughing so hard, I can type this: You sir, are exactly the reason George W. Bush was elected twice. If you think Iran was remotely concerned about the bill passed by our worthless Senate you need to get out more. But seriously, you made my day...

    December 4, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    she and her minions cry foul.

    Posted By Ca Native : December 4, 2007 2:55 pm

    LOL, minions, I love it...makes me think of the evil genius or the criminal mastermind.
    Good one.

    December 4, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |

    CNN keeps posting anti-Hillary news. Not fair journalism here.

    Posted By anon, watertown, ny : December 4, 2007 2:22 pm

    WOW, wasn't that long ago so many comments were referring to this site as the CLINTON NEWS NETWORK! Should it be the ANON News Network? Or the Canadian News Network?

    I'd like to see the Keith News Network take off!

    December 4, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |

    "...far too many more important issues to deal with."
    Posted By Susan Davis, Rogue River, OR

    HEY SUSAN, your Pro Hillary Bias is starting to show! But that's ok, it's your opinion and I'm glad you're trying to get things back to center stage for the ISSUES and not the ILLUSIONS!

    "The Dream Endures, The Fight Continues..." Steve Colbert.

    December 4, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Man...I'm a Democrat, but I gotta tell you–some of our left wing brothers and sisters are just "too far out there" for me. I keep hoping they'll register in the Am. Socialist Party–but they just keep on hanging on!! Oh well–I guess it's still better than knowing your far right wing brothers and sisters are burning crosses, and arming themselves with assault weapons and home made explosives for an insurrection.

    December 4, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Chip Celina OH

    Posted By Ryan, New Jersey

    You beat me to the punch. As soon as I saw the post that made you laugh, I did the same thing.

    That poor guy's spinning so hard I'm gonna go nail everything down so it doesn't get sucked into that vortex he's creating down in Fantasy...err ... Sugar Land.

    Have a great day!

    December 4, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Heather, Nashville, TN

    Well it's not like the ad is going to be against Obama if you will remember Obama and Edwards side quite a bit in their attacks against Senator Clinton. For someone who wants change he sure seems to be playing the same old game.....

    December 4, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |

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