December 6th, 2007
07:08 AM ET
11 years ago

Clinton volunteer's sending of anti-Obama e-mail causes stir

An anti-Obama e-mail sent by a Clinton volunteer is causing a stir in Iowa.

(CNN) - One of the recipients of a controversial anti-Barack Obama email forward that put Hillary Clinton’s Iowa campaign on the defensive Wednesday said the volunteer county coordinator who sent the original message may have been unfairly targeted.

“She thinks people misunderstood her intent,” said Gary Hart, who said he spoke with the volunteer, Judy Rose, a short time ago. The former Clinton volunteer insisted “she was just sending it along so people know what kind of information is out there,” not because she believed the charges herself. He added that Rose is baffled by the uproar.

The controversy began early Wednesday when an Iowa supporter of presidential candidate Chris Dodd posted a comment on the liberal Daily Kos Web site, accusing an unnamed Clinton volunteer of forwarding an anti-Muslim e-mail aimed at the Illinois senator, containing charges that have been widely discredited.

The e-mail - one of several hoaxes that have been circulating since the Illinois senator announced his candidacy - claims that Obama is a Muslim whose campaign is part of a plot to destroy the United States. Obama is not, and never has been, a Muslim.

Within minutes, Clinton Internet Director Peter Daou posted a message from campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle disavowing the remarks. Rose, a Jones County volunteer, was immediately asked to leave the New York senator’s campaign, and did.

The war of words between both candidates, who are running neck and neck in Iowa polls less than a month before Election Day, has reached a fever pitch over the past week. Within the past few days, both have asked supporters to track attacks and “dirty tricks” aimed at their campaigns.

The Obama campaign is not commenting on the incident.

Earlier: Obama camp denies 'dirty tricks' accusation

- CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Adam, Las Vegas, NV

    It is all about John Edwards, let Obama and Hillary fight, no good will come of it.

    December 6, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Uma, mpls, MN

    Listen, Barack Hussein Obama's campain has sent nasty emilt to me about Hillary. They have spread rumor that Hillary is lesbian, she killed people yara yara...
    Obama is desperate to win Iowa, Iowa people make sure you stop Obama right Iowa.
    Hillary is not perfect but Obama and Edward are worse person to be the president of this great nation.
    Hillary will be better president than Bill because she is very through and organized person.

    December 6, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Ernest Caldwell Philadelphia, PA

    It's sad to see so much hate and bigotry in the year 2007 on this blog. I don't care what religion any of the canidates are. I'm more concerned about the future of this country. And when i vote I will vote for the canidate that will move us forward. Why is it that the Obama supporters speak with intelligence and respect, and the Clinton supporters sound like grade school kids in a schoolyard calling each other names. Geesh even if i wanted to vote for Hilary, I would never want to associate myself with such an uneducated and ignorant class of people. And another thing why do Clinton supporters hang so much on her "experience" when she only has 6 years in the senate, and 3 other canidates running againest her have 20 + years in public office. I dont care where you went to school 20+ years is always greater than 6 years.

    December 6, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. John, Philadelphia PA

    Why is there even a problem with his religion in his first place? America is a country of immigrants; diversity is what makes America, America in the first place. I hope for America's sake, that most of you do not ever have the chance to vote (At least research some of this stuff before posting it!)

    December 6, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. CS, Chicago, IL.

    First of all, I have the utmost respect for all religions. However, our constitution and our country were predicated on the fact that government and religion should be completely separate. Therefore, I base my opinions on reading as much factual information as I can about each candidate and their views about topics that I feel are most important to our country. I do not make my opinions based on party lines, but based on lines of individual candidates.

    That being said, let me clarify Obama's religion and upbringing. He is a member of the United Church of Christ. His father, who was from Kenya, was raised as a Muslim, but became an atheist early on in life. His step-father was not religious. His mother is a "non-practicing" Christian. He spent five years of his childhood living in Indonesia. During that time, he attended a Catholic school for three years and a public (non-religious) school for one year. He describes himself as a committed Christian, but strongly believes in the separation of church and state, which I touched on previously as the basis of our constitution.

    December 6, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. Roberto Infante, LA, California

    I’m with Obama. I like his ideas and we must stop the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton mafia…

    I suppose that I’m not the only one that is wondering that this country “owns” 2 families since 20 years… If Hillary wins this democracy will be worse than in Venezuela…

    Go Barack!

    December 6, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. pam Eugene OR

    Great Clinton!
    Get her to send it then git rid of her.
    Polotics as usual for Shrillary! No dirt is too low for her to scoop up.

    December 6, 2007 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Be careful what you wish for when defending Hillary. I predicted this all along...the moment Obama became a threat to her, every tactic would be used. She is capable of so much corruption to the point of creating adversity herself to make him look bad. Putting her in office would be a HUGE mistake. As a response to the person who said Obama was guilty of push polling .... here is the truth...I personally find things more believable when there is a name attached to the accusation. Anyone who understands guilty accusations knows it holds more water having facts to back things up!

    The Clinton campaign didn't provide the names of their aggrieved supporters.

    UPDATE: Jen Psaki of Camp O denies - with ooomph: "This flat-out falsehood of accusing Obama of push polling is the latest attack in a silly season where our opponents have promised to stop at nothing in an effort to tarnish Barack Obama's character. Push polling or tactics of confusion have no place in this campaign and we don't or won't engage in them. Unlike some other campaigns, we want every potential Iowa caucus-goer to participate in the process, no matter who they support."

    December 6, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Listen, Barack Hussein Obama's campain has sent nasty emilt to me about Hillary. They have spread rumor that Hillary is lesbian, she killed people yara yara…
    Obama is desperate to win Iowa, Iowa people make sure you stop Obama right Iowa.
    Hillary is not perfect but Obama and Edward are worse person to be the president of this great nation.
    Hillary will be better president than Bill because she is very through and organized person.

    Posted By Uma, mpls, MN : December 6, 2007 4:00 pm

    Uma, can you post the e-mail for all of us to see.

    This is a huge story about to be broken by Uma............

    I just hope that Clintonista Sandy Berger does not help you back up your hard drive.

    December 7, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. Shane Barber Mableton GA

    YOU ALL ARE MISSING THE POINT

    He HAS MUSLIM NAME= HE WILL NOT WIN in AMERICAN think about what you are saying?

    What states are going to vote for him? NY,CA,PA,MASS,MA=Thats about it.=He loses= Same for adultery family of CLINTONS=will lose. Why using HILLARY and not CLINTON?

    Republicans want Obama or Clinton=Easy WIN !!!!

    Oprah=Please had her on a flight and RUDE RUDE and Rude to us, like we were her slaves=nothing but a great actress, that is why most of her audience is poor white women.

    December 8, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  11. owens

    . Look, bottom line is that we Democrats can't afford to not get in the WHite House. NOBODY, and I MEAN NOBODY has ever won the Presidency without winning in the South, and you don't honestly think that the Southern states are going to elect a person who is black and an ARAB, do you? Has everyone gone crazy???? This election is too important to throw away. We can't take a chance on him right now. We need a change alright, let's give a woman a chance. That's a huge change. Hillary is the only electable candidate,

    January 6, 2008 05:05 am at 5:05 am |
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