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.

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soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. Mike

    The difference in Indiana is 1.1% and not 2%
    (i.e. 50.5 – 49.4 = 1.1), i.e 1% as of this moment

    So, please correct this error and it is not 2%


    May 7, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Samore

    Democratic main aim to win general election and form the government in 2009. Clinton needs to continue context the primaries up to convention meeting. Clinton to get more super delegates and reach magic number 2025 delegates in the meeting. Basically American voters are not accepting the African American candidate because in last 100 years no African American president in United States of America . So, All Super delegates vote to Clinton . Clinton is only winning against McCain. So Clinton must contest the next primaries with out funds (Effect speech is about econamie, soliders on iraq, gas issue, health, immigration).

    May 7, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Amazed!!!

    Whoever allows Rush Limbaugh and the dirty conservative right to win this election by voting Republican if "your candidate" doesn't get the nomination has got to be incredibly dumb at best!!!!!!! And please don't use the lame excuse that you're voting based on McLoser's experience or you just don't like Hillary or Barack personally. With his policies being so different from the two democratic candidates who share very similar policies, it's got to be something more (i.e. bitterness that your candidate didn't win, which would result in you ruining your own life for the next 4 years out of revenge and spite, racism, sexism, or something else personal and stupid)! Get over yourself, and do what's best for your country!

    Democrats unite '08!!!

    May 7, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. Chris

    To all of the people that think Hillary can win as in independent...

    Where is the money required to run during the general election going to come from?

    The two parties have a tremendous war chest to use at their disposal. Hillary would only have her own funds (which have dwindled to near nothing) to rely on in an independent campaign.

    So as much as HRC supporters want to be able to vote for her in Novermber, a vote for an independent Hillary would be a vote for McCain (a la Ralph Nader in 2000)

    May 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. Jo

    Mistakes happen! This is not news - Frankly, it does give me the opportunity to say that I will not vote for Baraka Obama under any circumstances. I will vote for Hillary! Or, I will vote McCain. I don't like deceit parading around as CHANGE. Obama has lied repeatedly, and was not called on the lies. The problem was not Rev. Wright; the problem was Obama's lies about hearing the sermons. Obama also lied about Resko. Oh, yes! According to him, he didn't lie - he was mistaken!

    Yes! I an a white female with above average income and a graduate degree! The Republicans should love me!

    May 7, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. wd in calgary

    How dumb are all the people that entertain the idea the two will unite on a ticket? It has been MORE THAN CLEAR, that they are not. You can't make it happen by cheering for it – get a grip! And... what's the value, really?... Oh, right... this is the last argument that one might use to hope to try and salvage a post for Clinton. Duh... she does not want #2 and Obama IS #1. Nuff said!

    May 7, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Kuilor

    IF Obama gets the nomination, I'm going to write in Senator Clinton because I just cant bring myself to identify with the hatefilled ramblings of the Obama supporters. I'd rather guarantee they loose the election than allow such an extremist group (as far left as W is far right) to take over the White House. It's time we had some moderation instead of extremism. And no about of capitulation from those nasty Obama supporters will ever change my mind. They are blatently nasty people.

    May 7, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  8. dood

    how sad that we as users accept responsibility for the lack of consideration given to user interaction design:

    "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."

    just my two cents as a user interaction designer.

    May 7, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Robert

    If he chooses Clinton as his VP he needs to hire a food taster. That Machiavellian woman will do anything to be president.

    May 7, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. wd in calgary

    Clinton supporters... the line between tenacious and stupid... you're now stepping over it. Have some self respect!

    May 7, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. Simomlt

    When it comes to Obama, every one is wondering about the specifics of how he will deal with all the issiues that facing america.
    i just ask Obama supporters this. How can you guys vote for him if you don't know what his plans are? or you are voting for his speeches. if he is running for the change, I think all other candidates are running for change too.

    May 7, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. Michael

    Barack Obama supporters will cost their candidate the presidency if they keep on insulting Hillary Clinton and her supporters. Now is the time that the Obama supporters should open their arms to Clinton supporters to have a unified party.

    May 7, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Len

    not a dream, more like a NIGHTMARE!

    Vote McCain 08

    May 7, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    We CANNOT allow that Psycho Obsessed Woman anywhere near the Oval office.. She is a
    Obama will need to watch his back..
    Ya know Hilary has a Thing for Snipers...

    If she is the VP..he [Obama] will need a Food Tester and Full Body Armor.

    She is such a Psycho Obsessed Woman that she would hire a Sniper to get to the Oval Office.

    May 7, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. Happy for Obama

    Heck Know.. Hillary can't be trusted. She is too mean and she lies.
    Obama has been talking about Truth. Won't work!
    I'm sure Obama has someone else in mind that will add a little flavor to his campaign.. Hillary is sour and bitter.. NO Way..

    May 7, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. s

    I don't believe him. Everything the Clinton campaign does is CALCULATED!!!

    May 7, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    He must be ">60" and it must be after "11 PM", he was tired and mis-spoke. Only on one occasion though, and apologized right after.

    I'm sure Iran will also accept these excuses when Clinton follows up on Bush and "obliterates Iran".

    Way to go Clinton, you went back to your REPUBLICAN ROOTS and showed that your "experience" in the 90s was to do as Republicans.

    May 7, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. jim

    people will forgive you for your clinton idiocy

    May 7, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. Mike

    I keep reading the punk threats from the Hillary supporters to vote for McCain. I say good. Any racist Hitler youth that would rather vote for the old war monger who has no clue about the economy instead of a fine Black Man who will be the best Democrat president since Kennedy. Let those voters go. The Republicans deserve them.

    May 7, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. m4rk

    Just like an idiot lib to not pay attention to details.

    May 7, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. K-Bone

    Edward would be a better running mate but he needs to do something about it, even though I personally think it is getting too late to Endorse right now as the line is getting clear cut clearer,.. -Feather snipers,.. how about that?

    May 7, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. georgia

    Clinton(s) have proven to be tooooooo crooked for anyone to touch politically. There are many stong VP candidates with stong values & united thinking to even consider her(& Bill). I think she ruined any possibility.NY will probably get rid of her/ them next Senate election. She'll probably switch back to Republican eventually anyway.

    May 7, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Steve in Michigan

    Exclintonite is just jumping onto a ship that will sink in november.

    Since our votes will not count in Michigan from the primary I will not vote in the fall election. I am a Democrat and I will not vote or Obama or McCain. No Matter What.
    Obama will loose to McCain due to people like me. I think Obama has a good heart but does not have the skills needed to be the president.

    Was it 1988 and another democrat lost to a republican. Obama will be swift boated while Hillary has proven she is unsinkable.

    I give up! I wll NOT VOTE or McCain or Obama.

    May 7, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. Nav

    she ia all nonsense.

    May 7, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  25. mary landsfind

    hey cnn, why aren't you reporting on obama's new supergeledate endorsements? i just saw that he got at least 6 endorsements today and hillary got 1! you reported that one endorsement that hill got, but none of the 6 that obama got. please try to at least show some fairness!

    May 7, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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