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

Ex-Clintonite makes press-release goof

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Half of all voters think race and Wright are issues with Obama, and half don't trust or like Hillary. Why would a Dream Team want to consolidate these killer negatives? A diversity death wish?

    May 7, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. Jill

    No way should Obama pick Hillary Clinton as VP. It may sound good on the East Coast, but she has a 39% negative rating in a poll conducted last week during the Obama/ crisis, here in Arizona. That is after she won our primary and hurt herself by her behavior. Hillary Now the verdict seems to be anyone except Clinton for 39% of the general public and she has lost her majority among Democratic voters as well.

    The people who have already voted, do not have the East Coast, Union based voters with its strong favoritism for the Clintons. The loyalty to the Party right or wrong, may give the Beltway comfort when the Democrats lose. However, many are like my older son. Voted for Hillary and is now voting for McCain no matter who the Democratic nominee is. His take is any Party that cannot get its act together should not be in the White House. He is tired of hearing about non issues.

    I sincerely hope the "nightmare ticket " does not happen. The Clintons are prima donnas not team players what a joke on all of us her VP candidacy would be.

    May 7, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. Jake

    The Clinton supporters will unite behind Obama, just like the Conservatives will unite behind McCain.

    Remember not too long ago the Conservatives wanted anyone but McCain. There are still plenty of Conservatives who can not stand McCain and will probably vote 3rd party. McCain has had time to appeal to them.

    Obama will get that chance once the Democratic race is over, and I have no doubt that the Democratic party will unite when all is finished because Democrats know they can not have another 4 years of Bush politics.

    50% may say they won't for Obama now, but there's 6 months for that to change, and for anyone to think it won't then they aren't living in reality.

    May 7, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  4. Megan

    In all honesty, all you Demmys out there, I think it would be the dream team. Lets stop being so hateful toward each other and unite. Wouldn't it be fantastic to have the first black president and the first woman vp ever?? C'mon. It was a dumb mistake on the Clinton campaigns part but really, its something to be considered.

    May 7, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. BV

    I think that Bill cheating on Hillary while in the White House did something to her mind. I think that she has a strong need to prove to the world and to herself that she is somebody or she would have come to realize that this is over for her.
    As far as McCain, I would be more focused on who he choses as his Vice. McCains not likely to be sharp enough to run the show for the whole four years. I hope that the Republicans have a strong second in mind for him.

    May 7, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. Tic Toc!

    Fine as long as her duties are to take out the trash!

    May 7, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. Dave in So. Colo

    I suspect that some of the more virulent postings have been from non-Democrats who would like for someone other than Clinton or Obama to win in November.

    Like them or hate them, the Clinton-Gore ticket has been the only Democratic ticket to not only be elected, but also to be re-elected in many, many years.

    Being that Obama is in the lead, why not break with Washington tradition and name a running mate now?

    May 7, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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