February 9th, 2008
02:54 PM ET
7 years ago

Volunteer spat at Virginia's Jefferson-Jackson dinner

RICHMOND, Virginia (CNN) – Oh, what a tangled web political endorsements weave.

Volunteers for Hillary Clinton's campaign in Virginia, who are taping up Clinton signage for tonight's Jefferson-Jackson dinner here, are groaning to state Democratic party officials that Barack Obama's volunteers corps has more hands on deck for the event this evening because, team Clinton claims, volunteers for Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine are also here working on Obama's behalf.

Kaine endorsed Obama last year and will likely speak glowingly about him tonight, but the Obama and Clinton campaigns reached an agreement to only allow a fixed number of volunteers into the event site to put up signs before a security sweep of the area. Gov. Kaine's supporters were not, apparently, factored into the rules.

The Clinton volunteers said they saw Kaine staff and volunteers putting up "a few" Obama signs. However, CNN spied another Kaine staffer who was taping up Clinton signs. And despite their boss's preference, Kaine's staffers, including many of the men and women who worked on his 2005 campaign, are split between supporting Obama and Clinton.

The Clinton volunteers eventually wrangled in four more of their people to make up for the crucial sign-taping disparity. They appeared to be closing the gap as security entered to examine the event site, Virginia Commonweath University's basketball arena.

Ultimately, former Gov. Mark Warner, now the front-running candidate to fill John Warner's soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat, is winning the "visibility" game: he has more signs up than anybody.

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby


Filed under: Virginia
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Jim in the Boonies

    The art of the deal !

    February 9, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Vermont Dem

    One thing is sure, is that this Clinton/ Obama race is not going to being the country together. I have been reading the news, the boards, and people are split right down the middle. The race and gender issue run very deep in America, and this nomination will be a battle that will rage on even when a candidate is picked.

    February 9, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. margaret - marietta, georgia

    Oh my God, I am SICK of these Hillary Clinton – Girl Power – Varsity Cheerleader Mentality WHINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama 08

    February 9, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. faboo

    Once again...not news.

    February 9, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. adams

    FEATHER WEIGHT, AMATURE POLITICAL ROOKIE OBAMA CONTINUES TO BE A THREAT TO NATIONAL MATURITY.

    BIG EGO LITTLE EXPERIENCE OBAMA CONTINUES HIS CRUSADE THAT WILL HELP THE NEO CONS KEEP THE WHITE HOUSE.

    WE ALL KNOW IN OUR HEART OF HEARTS ONLY A HEAVY WEIGHT LIKE HILLARY CAN TAKE BACK OUR DEAR WHITE HOUSE.

    VOTE TO WIN THINK.

    February 9, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Leah DiMarco, TX

    Hillary and her camp will do or say just about anything to get free press. Her 'oh poor me' routine is starting to become disgusting.

    Obama '08

    February 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. pj (non-partisan independent)

    enough with the moaning victim approach. hillary and her supporters were not complaining when they had all the support – they reveled in it, now deal with the loss of it.

    February 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. brad

    I am a supporter for one side here and both sides are looking pretty stupid. Keep it up and it will be a major turnoff and plus for the republican coming general election. Grow up or their point is justified.

    February 9, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. GavinMR

    Sounds like the press - SUPPOSED TO give fair treatment BUT THEY DONT...

    Clinton 08!

    February 9, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. p glenn

    I am laughing! Equal righs for men, women and those posting signs is one of our most basic human rights; I am so glad that four more of Clinton's people were allowed to enter "to make up for the CRUCIAL sign-taping disparity."

    February 9, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. True Democrat

    Typical petty Clinton campaign behavior.

    February 9, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Alecki

    Stop making this a black and white issue.

    We want an experienced President.

    We are at war, our economy is a mess and Universal Health care is a must.

    Listen to experience.
    Stop dreaming.

    Vote Hillary!

    February 10, 2008 05:38 am at 5:38 am |

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