May 7th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Ex-Clintonite makes press-release goof

 A former Clinton staffer is now pushing a unity ticket.

A former Clinton staffer is now pushing a unity ticket.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Old habits die hard, a long-time Hillary Clinton supporter proved this week when he sent out a press release from his new organization with as the contact address.

Sam Arora, a Clinton aide for three years, made the goof Tuesday in a press release for VoteBoth, which is pressing for a ticket that would bring the two Democratic rivals together.

The release said "," but linked to the Clinton campaign's generic media e-mail address.

Arora said it was a simple mistake caused by his using an old Microsoft document to make the new one.

"I didn't realize that, when you do this in Microsoft Word, you have to look at what the html says," he said. "This was just me being technically unadvanced."

Collusion between VoteBoth and the Clinton campaign would be illegal, since VoteBoth filed with the Federal Election Commission as independent of any candidate or its committees.

Founded a month ago to promote a ticket with Clinton on top and Sen. Barack Obama as vice-president, VoteBoth was retooled last week to say either candidate could lead the ticket.

Its founder, Adam Parkhomenko, is a die-hard Clintonite who was 17 years old when he launched an online drive in 2003 to draft her to run for president in 2004. He went on to become the right-hand man of Patti Solis Doyle, the Clinton campaign director who was ousted in March after a string of Clinton defeats. Parkhomenko left the campaign soon after Doyle did.

The launch of VoteBoth - originally called Clinton/Obama '08 - prompted muttering in the blogosphere about ongoing links between Parkhomenko and the Clinton campaign.

Parkhomenko said at the time that the effort was his idea - but Tuesday's press release may get the bloggers buzzing again.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. tidho

    'honest' mistake

    May 7, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Diamond

    Vote ONE, Vote Change, Vote Obama ....

    Thanks for their great service, but Enough of Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton.

    May 7, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Sam E. Pennartz

    1. Abortion: Isn't abortion morally wrong? It certainly is not health care.

    2. 2nd Amendment: Don't we already have enough gun control laws?

    3. Taxes: Get rid of the AMT tax! I don't think the Government needs more than 33% of what I make. "We are only getting half the Government we're payin for......thank God; because we can't afford the other half."__Will Rogers.

    4. Social Security: what ever happened to the lock-box? I've already earned my SS credits twice over by paying into it for over 35 years. Raising the cap just means I will have to pay even more into it. And the eventual check (if I live to be 67) will probably be even smaller. We elected both Houses of Congress to be guardians' of the taxpayer's resouce. "There ain't no Government money."__Will Rogers.

    5. Same-sex marriage? Get real, there is no such thing.

    May 7, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Patriotism

    To Wolf:

    This is what I'd like you to ask Barack:

    Ask him why he thinks he has to defend his patriotism.

    I think that question is an insult to every American who happens to be a minority. He was in the IIllionois Senate, he's a US senator, and they want to know about his patriotism. How dare the media. Stop defending yourself Barack, you are an American, and no one should dare think differently.

    The last time I checked Hawaii was still a part of the United States.

    May 7, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Lizzie

    Mot important stick with issues that will be beneficial to the people.

    May 7, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Danni In Michigan

    I agree with you Marc in DeKalb, IL. This definitely bears further federal investigating!

    May 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Dara

    The trail of corruption involving the people raising money for Obama's political career stretches from the city of Chicago to the Illinois tollway to the O'Hare airport all the way over to Iraq. And testimony, as recent as MAY 6, 2008, in Rezko's regarding the corruption trial reveals that an equal number of Democrat and Republican crooks benefited from all the moneymaking schemes; Rod Blagojevich, Stuart Levine, Christopher Kelly, Michael Sreenan, Alexi Giannouliasand of course, Barrack Obama. Obama has supported Gov. Rod Blagojevich, even when his administration was embroiled in corruption investigations – he's now on his way to jail – along with Rezko. Obama sure has a lot of friends and supports in jail or heading to jail...

    Mayor Daley endorsed Obama immediately after he announced he was running for president and in return, Obama endorsed Daley's reelection for Mayor right smack in the middle of major federal investigations of corruption in the Daley Administration. On January 6, 2006, the New York Times ran the headline, "Corruption Scandal Loosening Mayor Daley's Grip on Chicago," and reported that a "wide-ranging federal investigation into what prosecutors describe as "pervasive fraud" in hiring and contracts at City Hall has led to 30 indictments, including two senior administrators close to the mayor, and a dozen cabinet-level resignations. "

    If the Democratic party places Obama on the ballot against John McCain, Democratic voters will have no choice in this election. Once the whole truth becomes public, and it will the minute he becomes the nominee, no honest American could support sending Obama and his corrupt gang of cronies to the White House.

    Please ask Obama how he is going to keep the GOP from ripping him apart???

    May 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. GeeVee

    Vote Both?? Sound's like a Super Delegate. Say, what is a Super Delegate? Who decides a delegate is a Super Delegate? The whole world wonders.

    May 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. This side of the Mississippi

    we all make mistakes

    May 7, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Dori in AZ

    This is actually funny! Good for a laugh during a stressful nomination process.

    Wow, he's got quite a handle on how to run an organization! ha! ha! Grade school kids in computer labs understand the ins & outs of Word. . . . And, he was a Clinton aide for three years? ha! ha! ha! ha!

    May 7, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Montana is Obama Country

    1). It was ACCIDENT to releasing this press information. It is a test drive from the Clinton campaign.. No accident indeed..

    2). It would be a "nightmare" not a "dream team"..

    3). Barack Obama wants to CHANGE Washington .... so putting HIllary on the National ticket would not change anything in Washington, draw fire from the republican party or worse he could look like a hypocrite like Hillary.

    Yes..We..Can.. with somebody other than Hillary on the ticket..

    May 7, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Andrew K

    Pay no attention to the (wo)man behind the curtain! THe Great OZ has SPoKEN! 😛

    May 7, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Julie

    Wolf , I missed your blog, but my question is

    What did you mean when you said
    (I will stand with the muslims should the political winds change in an ugly direction?) Words from his book.

    May 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    No McSame – To vote McSame because Hillary didn't win is helping to prove Rev. Wright right when it comes to race and White people in this country. If you would rather shoot yourself in the foot rather than vote for Obama and turn around and vote for McSame is NUTS. America will show it's true colors to the rest of the world for sure this year. This country is all about race. If Obama had 20yrs in Washington he still would not be good enough for some of you. Work hard to better yourself and you people still shoot us down. What a hate filled home we live in.


    I absolutely agree. If you vote against Obama although his policies are closer to Clintons then you're not voting based on policy but race... and you prove Rev Wright's point.

    May 7, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Arkansas Undertaker

    This is the Clinton CaMPAIGNS WAY OF trying to force Barak Obama to take her as his running mate........It isnt going to happen!

    All of her negativity has given her a one way ticket back to the US Senate next year.

    May 7, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. bigben

    clinton supporters lets riot! dnc robed us of MI and FL and the momentum they would have brought.

    May 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Jim from this world

    Regarding Obama does not need Clinton. Add up Clintons's votes and Mc Cains votes and goodby Democrats. A winning ticket for the country would be Clinton and Obama. It's so easy to see.

    May 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Carol, WI

    Sam E. Pennartz – what is the point of your comments in this article? With your viewpoints you would not have been a Hillary supporter, only a neocon. What does that have to do with the goof of an ex-Clintonite staffer?

    May 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. josh I

    Imagine if Hillary runs as an independent, that will shake up the race. What do you'll think? She would have a shot!

    May 7, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. jc

    Sure this was a mistake!!!

    May 7, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Julie

    I personally dont want Hillary on any ticket with Obama, he has told to many lies, Does not have the BEST interests of the American people in his plans, He is a fraud.

    May 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. Ardnuas

    Obama, please don't put Clinton on your ticket..... WE WANT CHANGE IN WASHINGTON..... Her mind set is in the 20th century, we want 21th century thinking.

    May 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Wanda

    It's a dream, alright...I wouldn't vote for him if he put her anywhere near the VP spot...

    May 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |


    May 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Dori in AZ

    If I don't want Hillary as my President, I don't want her as the VP, either. That's only one breath away from the Presidency. WAY too close!

    May 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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