May 7th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
7 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 press@hillaryclinton.com 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 "press@voteboth.com," 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.


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soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. Connie from Ohio

    I think having Hillary on the ticket is sending the wrong message...we need change in politics not Hillary with her dirty fighting politics. Hillary needs to go back and be a Senator and let Obama run for President. I think Edwards would be a good running mate for Obama.

    May 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Julie

    Hillary run on your own, the country needs you!

    May 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Ro

    ***Marshall in Nebraska May 7th, 2008 4:34 pm ET

    Mis-speak? Duck snipers!****

    LMAO.....is that anything like goose snipers???

    Sorry.....it's been a long day.....it just mad me laugh......something we could all use right about now.

    May 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Connie from Ohio

    Hillary can't even raise money for her campaign how would she help the economy? She says what people want to hear, unfortunately she doesn't mean half of what she says. She answers "well I was alittle ambious." Yeah, right. No on Hillary. Obama & Edwards on a ticket!

    May 7, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Okay... this is scary. What is she up to now? Lord above I don't trust Sen. Clinton. Ex-Clintonite starting an independant organization trying to get a joint ticket, blah, blah, blah...?

    Please, go back to the Senate and when you are touched for a cabinet position, accept it. We need your knowledge but you need supervision.

    May 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. jason

    better than limbough. he's so afraid of obama winning it's scary.

    May 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Susan, Seattle WA

    And CNN finds it necessary to have a COMMENT section to something like this?? SO glad I have turned off your network.

    May 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Drew, Central FL

    A honest mistake? Is that like a honest misstatement? Hmm?

    May 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. MikeH

    Out of respect superdelegates should wait, it would be easier to heal the wounds that way.

    May 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. paulie_nj

    Obama must pick Bill Richardson as his running mate.

    May 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Bond

    Sorry Susan,,, If it was up to you, Clinton would be nominee and president by now,,, but oooops, there are over 300 million Americans, and there are more that think Barack is better than her.

    Sorry again.

    Barack for pres. Obama 08

    May 7, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Phil-Little Rock

    Stop the nonsense about a 'Dream Team'. It is Sen. Obama's choice as to who gets the VP nod, not Coward Dean's, not the DNC's and DEFINITELY NOT the Clintons'!!

    The true irony of this is, now Hillary has to swallow an ocean full of pride and go humbly, hat in hand, to the same guy she's slammed all this time and called everything but a child of God. In the words of 'Gorgeous' Gino Hernandez, 'how sweet it is'!!

    Now she's playing nice to get the VP slot. Obama would be wise to use her influence to get all her supporters behind him, then jettison her like a used wet wipe. He kicked her butt, and from the looks of it, that was a big, wide target! It was no small feat, to be sure! Give up, HillBillary, it's OVAHHHHH!!

    GO OBAMA!!

    May 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. christopher

    No dream ticket ever. Hillary must drop out now so that the republicans will have 6 months to tear Obama into pieces.

    McCain 2008

    May 7, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Terrell

    Why, Hillary voter,would vote for Mccain,if Hillary drop out,If Sen. Obama was white?with the math ,i think she she would come togather as one.

    May 7, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Ted

    A mistake....sure it was. It is a clear and defined method of testing the waters. It might make a ticket, but Hillary will have to get used to the idea of being #2 on the ticket, and that she would be required to sever ALL special interest/lobbyist ties. What do you thnk the chances are of that? Also, just exactly what is her executive or CEO experience anyway?

    May 7, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. Eva, VA

    I don't want Clinton anywhere near Obama.

    May 7, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Krystyna from Chicago for HILLARY !!!

    HILLARY WE WANTS YOU TO RUN ON YOUR OWN !!!!!
    YOU WILL WIN FORSURE !!!!!
    COUNTRY NEEDS SOMEONE LIKE YOU TO HELP< TO MAKE A CHANGE !!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. mary landsfind

    Obama/Carolyn Kennedy '08

    May 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Martha

    Please do not put this woman on the same ticket with Obama. This would only serve right into HRC and McCain 's hands. This will only further her campaign to get McCain in office and bolster herself for 2012.

    May 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. Actor playing a Delusioned Clinton supporter

    with Obama winning NC, he netted 13 delegates and 220K in popular vote. Even though he is up by 170 pledged delegates and 700K in pop vote, we Hillary supporters need to band together so that she can win out the remaining contests. We also need 68% of the remaining superdelegates to pick Hillary. Don't believe the media when they say this is unlikely and impossible. We Hill Raisers can achieve anything! Just remember, we have the best candidate on our side. Sign the petition and call your local congressman. WE NEED HILLARY for American!!

    Yeahhhh!!

    I hope Clinton supporters see how dumb they sound when they actual look at Hillary's real chance at winning.

    go obama 2008

    May 7, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. MP-Pennsylvania

    The Hillary ran the campaign make it impossible to have joint ticket.

    Republicans will tear both down.

    Hillary has lot of baggage.

    It is going to weak the ticket

    Again this shows how clinton campaign works. Cheat, lie, mis-speak

    May 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    DEMOCRATS ARE WASTING YOUR TIME AND MY TIME. PERSONALLY MY PATIENCE IS GROWING VERY THIN. THE DNC AND SUPERDELEGATES NEED TO DO THEIR JOB. OBAMA OR CLINTON, I WILL SUPPORT EITHER DEMOCRAT.

    May 7, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. lynette

    CNN really looked bummed that Obama did well yesterday, I guess they thought that annoying loop about Rev. Wright would kill Obama, but I guess folks are saying that Obama is trying to bring folks together, not tear them down. I could not believe the look on their faces as all night they sat there in shock. Goodness, the media is partly responsible for slicing and dicing and pitting one group against the other, but NOT THIS TIME, we are all standing up to be counted to work together. I laughed this entire morning knowing that the plan to take down Obama back-fired. Clinton doesn't want a joint ticket, she wants the white house, as Peloski said, a joint ticket is not a good idea. Roy P, go on and vote for McCain, it's okay, enough folks of ALL RACES are willing ready and able to take on McCain in the fall. OBAMA 08.

    May 7, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. MP-Pennsylvania

    Ex- clintonians are still there including Penn

    May 7, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. bigben

    Love these obama supporters on cnn. We are not going come together. obama is a blank screen . just ask him.

    May 7, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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