May 7th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
6 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. Brad

    Yeah, right. Barack has built his campaign on change and getting away from the way things used to be done, which would necessarily include the Clintons. The Clintons are a link to the shady past that Americans want to move beyond.

    May 7, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. The most intelligent blogger

    We don't need a "nice guy" to get this country out of this mess. We need a pit bull. I think Hillary has not shown us all her fight because too many chicken spit idiots don't have what it takes to understand an intelligent woman who knows how to fight. You haven't seen Bill diddling around since she got hold of him. Have you.
    .
    If she doesn't get the ticket I will email AL GORE every day to plea for reconsideration. If the popular vote counted in this country as it should, HE would've been prez and we would'nt be in this mess.
    .
    WE NEED someone who already knows big league politics.

    May 7, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. Chris in Va.

    I will not vote for ANY ticket on which the Clinton name appears. She is beneath contempt. Likewise I will NOT vote for McCain.

    May 7, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. KAL

    I once supported an Obama/Hillary Clinton ticket. But too many people linked to the Clinton's have either "committed suicide", had car accidents, died in plane crashes or have just ended up dead. I'm afraid this would be JFK all over again. This is just another scenario for Clinton to win the White House.

    No thanks to Clinton being VP.

    May 7, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. Dan (Kirkland, WA)

    Obama/Sebelius '08

    May 7, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. noemi in los angeles

    I wouldn't be surprised if nowww Hillary would go as far as to bend the rules to force Obama to put her on the ticket.

    Again... ANYTHING for Power.

    May 7, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Mike

    Tommorow Wolf Clinton...Er...Blitzer, interviews Obama. If Wolf asks one stupid question about Rev. Wright. I will throw my TV off the balcony. The cat is out of the bag. Everyone except cnn knows that Rev. Wright is working to elect Hillary Clinton. In the so called controversial speech, Rev. Right gushes with praise for the Clintons. But of course the news does not air that part of the speech. Nor does the news mention that Rev. Wright was a confidant and counselor to the Clintons when Bill was chaseing skirts in the White House. If the news media had an ounce of integrity, Rev. Wright be a Clinton controversy.

    May 7, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. David

    Listen with Obama/Clinton ticket it would bring everyone together and unite the democratic party to run together to defeat John McCain and whoever his running mate.

    May 7, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. Joel

    Who cares about a dream team? Not even with Clinton as a running mate could Obama beat McCain.

    May 7, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. The Red Man

    I like this kid. He's got spirit.

    May 7, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. suziq

    what concerns me most about this news isn't the fact that they made a minor typo.... it's that this group exists in the first place!!!

    HIllary as Obama's VP can never happen at this point. She has campaigned in such a dirty way that she burned that bridge a long time ago. It may have been possible 6 months ago, but it's not possible now.

    There are plenty of other suitable choices out there for Obama to choose from. Why would he pick a liar that has treated him horribly, and would cause him to lose respect with the public? No one would believe it at this point. Plus, she'd only end up stabbing him in the back. She's ruthless.

    May 7, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. Brian

    Hillary is a great woman but some of her supporters are fanatics will probably shoot Obama to get her in the White House. For America's sake she should not accept the VP spot.

    May 7, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Judy

    Terrence from N. C.Wrote:

    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 totally agree with you whole heartedly and you hit the nail right on the head!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. chikaz

    How lovely to know that my vote not only counts for VERY little on the national scope…but it counts for exactly nothing for CNN. I tried to check out the updates, state by state on the CNN website, and South Dakota is not even in their list of states. Since when is this ‘great nation’ composed of 49 states plus Puerto Rico? Thanks a lot CNN for making my vote feel like it counts for something. And it makes one wonder why Democrats have little pull in ‘small’ states such as South Dakota…

    Nikki ZERFAS

    PS finding a way to express oneself on CNN.com is NOT easy...

    May 7, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. Jamie

    No on Clinton as the Veep.

    I think Senator Obama should go with someone like Governor Richardson, Senator Jim Webb, General Wes Clark, etc.

    But no. Clinton has cozied up too much to McCain during this Primary. If she wants to be someone's VP, she should ask McCain!

    May 7, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Sherry in California

    Oh PUHLEASE. Just another attempt by the Clintons to hang on to the vestiges of power.

    If the two were really as unconnected and uncoordinated as they would have us believe, why has this fellow still got any access to documents created while working for the Clintons? In the real world, having access to resources from or created during the campaign, for a supposedly independent effort, does constitute coordination and/or collusion, certainly not the independence that is required.

    May 7, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. annon

    Clinton don't count your chickens, this is one African American who wont blindly support the Democratic party. If Clinton wins without a majority of pledged delegates I will vote for McCain.

    May 7, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Asians for Hillary

    There is no way I can vote for Obama. Forget it! The only way to convince me to vote for both is that Obama run his campaign as Hillary's VP. If this won't happen, go away then Obama!!!!

    May 7, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. Fred Jones

    Barack/Edwards ticket for AMERICA!!

    May 7, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. John WA

    Only an ELITIST would have 11million bucks to loan her own campaign!

    May 7, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  21. tar

    If Sen. Obama place Sen. Clinton on his ticket it would be a big mistake. There is no way that he could trust her. Sen. Clinton wants to be president so bad, that she would stop at nothing to get it. Let's not have a Pres. Kennedy and Vice President Johnson over again.

    May 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. Eliza

    Who is a prime minister of Canada?
    If he knows, please ask next question: When he plans to visit Canada.
    I would love to meet him.

    May 7, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. Miss Dip

    I have just read some pretty ugly comments on this blog. It is these kinds of comments that create the Jeremiah Wrights. I heard a gentleman from Michigan this moring on CSPAN. He said that all Obama wanted to do was bring up Reparation again. He didn't think it was fair to make him pay for what his ancestors might have done. Are these the the "blue collar, uneducated whites"? Maybe they shouldn't vote for Obama, but what does that say for the ones for whom they choose to vote? They might as well get over it; there will be an African American in the White House one day; there will be a Latino; there will be a Native American; there will be an Asian. Your time is up, Bubba, face it.

    May 7, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. Just Words

    WOLFE,

    PLEASE ASK OBLAHMA ........."WHERE'S THE BEEF??"

    OKAY, THAT IS ALL FOR MY QUESTIONS. ....OH, AND I DON'T EXPECT AN ANSWER BECAUSE HE IS JUST AN EMPTY SUIT!

    JOINT TICKET?? HECK NO!!! O-BITTER IS THE WORST NIGHTMARE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS AND HE WOULD BRING HILLARY DOWN.

    THERE ARE MUCH, MUCH BETTER CHOICES THAN O-BITTER!!

    CLINTON/EDWARDS ......NOW THAT WOULD BE UNSTABLE!!

    May 7, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. A CANUCK

    I wonder who was REALLY behind this TIMELY MISTAKE !!!!!!!
    Tsk.....tsk..tsk.

    May 7, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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