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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (consultant Wolfson takes 72 hours to leave Kerry campaign)
NY Times ^ | 4/09/04 | ADAM NAGOURNEY

Posted on 04/10/2004 7:09:57 AM PDT by Libloather

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
By ADAM NAGOURNEY
Published: April 9, 2004

Even by the standards of the revolving door that is sometimes the John Kerry campaign, the arrival and departure of Howard Wolfson – the high-powered political consultant from New York – had to be a record.

Mr. Wolfson arrived at Mr. Kerry’s campaign headquarters on Monday to work as a communications consultant. He was on a train back to New York on Friday to return to his post at a political consulting firm.

Mr. Wolfson said that his sudden departure from the campaign should not be taken as any kind of judgment on the Kerry operation.

“It proved difficult to extricate myself from my client responsibilities,’’ Mr. Wolfson explained. “I am looking forward to being helpful to the campaign in other ways.”

Mr. Kerry’s communications director, Stephanie Cutter, declined comment on the Wolfson departure.

Mr. Wolfson is a familiar figure in New York political circles. He has held senior positions in the campaigns of both Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles E. Schumer, and served as the executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Several Democrats expressed surprise that Mr. Wolfson had taken a position running the Kerry campaign's so-called rapid-response operation — a mid-level job he had held earlier in his career — and suggested Mr. Wolfson might have find his responsibilities less than challenging.

Mr. Wolfson’s departure comes a week after Jim Margolis, a top media strategist, decided he would significantly reduce his role with the Kerry campaign because of a contract dispute.

Mr. Wolfson did not have a disparaging word about his 72 hours in Kerry’s orbit, and expressed regret that it had not worked out. Asked to describe what it was like working there, Mr. Wolfson responded with one word: "Short."


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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Mr. Kerry’s communications director, Stephanie Cutter, declined comment on the Wolfson departure.

Probably found out Wolfson will be voting for Dubya, too...

1 posted on 04/10/2004 7:09:59 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather
Mr. Wolfson said that his sudden departure from the campaign should not be taken as any kind of judgment on the Kerry operation.

No, he probably left to spend more time with his family.

2 posted on 04/10/2004 7:12:44 AM PDT by jalisco555 ("The right to bear weapons is the right to be free" - A. E. Van Vogt)
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To: Libloather
Could it be that Hillary needed him back for her ad campaign? Hillary sure has been quiet lately.
3 posted on 04/10/2004 7:14:08 AM PDT by TomGuy (Clintonites have such good hind-sight because they had their heads up their hind-ends 8 years.)
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To: Libloather
Is this a way they coordinate other spending entities with Kerry's campaign?
4 posted on 04/10/2004 7:16:32 AM PDT by labard1
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To: Libloather
Mr. Wolfson said that his sudden departure from the campaign should not be taken as any kind of judgment on the Kerry operation.

No, not at all. He was sent there by Hillary to see just what kind of shape it was in, apparently, and it didn't take long to find out.

5 posted on 04/10/2004 7:17:03 AM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Libloather
He was probably sent to spy for Hillary.
6 posted on 04/10/2004 7:17:40 AM PDT by Solamente
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To: mountaineer
"No, not at all. He was sent there by Hillary to see just what kind of shape it was in, apparently, and it didn't take long to find out."

Exactly my first thought!

7 posted on 04/10/2004 7:19:23 AM PDT by LADY J
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To: jalisco555
Wolfson walked in, looked around, said, "JEEZ, what a snakepit this is!", spun on his heel, and departed.

The surprise is that it took him 72 hours. Or that he could leave, knowing what he did. Because what he knows, will only be ammunition to use against Kerry.

And he wasn't there as an undercover agent for Bush/Cheney.
8 posted on 04/10/2004 7:22:33 AM PDT by alloysteel
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To: mountaineer
No, not at all. He was sent there by Hillary to see just what kind of shape it was in, apparently, and it didn't take long to find out.

Or they figured out he was there to spy and sabotage the campaign and took preemptive action.

9 posted on 04/10/2004 7:24:00 AM PDT by eddie willers
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To: Libloather
I can imagine that idiot Kerry's follow-up phone call:

"Hillary -- that guy Wolfson you sent me didn't work out too well. In fact, his quick departure actualy got me a little bit of bad press. But don't worry, I'm sure my campaign will be fine. Anyway, I was wonderign if you had any new advice for me? ... Really? You think I should promise to sever all diplomatic ties with England? Why should I do that? Okay! Okay! Don't get angry! I'll do it ... you always have the best advice Hillary. Thanks again."

10 posted on 04/10/2004 7:25:08 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (You can see it coming like a train on a track.)
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To: Libloather
Just as soon as these guys at the highest level in Kerry's group find out that Kerry has lied all these years about his military record in Nam, they bail. Kerry has so far overplayed this record over the years, believing that voters in the rest of the US are as stupid as they are in Mass., that there is no way he can be "honest" and not become the laughing stock of the world.

And, it is not a sure thing that Kerry will be the nominee once some of these things (there are many) start leaking. For example, why would he continue to restrict public review of his medical records? Clinton's answer was easy, STDs over the years had rendered him impotent and, therefore, Chelsea couldn't be legitimate, but Kerry's reason is not as obvious.

11 posted on 04/10/2004 7:27:30 AM PDT by Tacis
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To: labard1
Is this a way they coordinate other spending entities with Kerry's campaign?

Do you mean like these questions this thread raises?

The Strange Case of Riverfront Media and John Kerry: Media Company Threatens Lawsuit Against Kerry
      Posted by nwrep
On 03/27/2004 11:52:00 AM CST with 100 comments


Riverfront Media ^ | March 27, 2004 | nwrep
John Kerry's Presidential campaign expense statements list "Riverfront Media, LLC" of Chicago, Illinois as the recipient of millions of dollars of media fees related to campaign activities. This is shown below: JOHN KERRY (D) Expenditures2003-2004 Cycle Total Records: 27017 Cycle: Sort by: Recipient Amount Date Description Subtotal: $11,400,414 2/29/2004   Total itemized above: $11,391,723 2/29/2004   To adjust for fundraising expenses initially repor $1,075,335 9/30/2003   Riverfront Media, LLC, Chicago, IL $827,159 2/23/2004 Media Riverfront Media, LLC, Chicago, IL $709,978 2/23/2004

12 posted on 04/10/2004 7:37:51 AM PDT by TomGuy (Clintonites have such good hind-sight because they had their heads up their hind-ends 8 years.)
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To: alloysteel
It appears that Wolfson's experience of the Kerry campaign was Hobbesian: nasty, brutish, and short.
13 posted on 04/10/2004 7:49:04 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Libloather
Moving to fulltime on the Clinton/Soros staff!
14 posted on 04/10/2004 7:50:31 AM PDT by TrueBeliever9 (aut viam inveniam aut faciam)
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To: Libloather
Mr. Kerry’s communications director, Stephanie Cutter, declined comment on the Wolfson departure.

When the person inwhich you are trying to advise has no vision for the country, flipflops on every issue, has no core principles and only wants to degrade their opponant...fagitaboutit!

15 posted on 04/10/2004 8:24:10 AM PDT by sirchtruth
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To: Libloather
Wolfson s Hillary's man. Maybe he was SPYING for the witch.
16 posted on 04/10/2004 8:30:20 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Tacis
"Clinton's answer was easy, STDs over the years had rendered him impotent"

Do you mean sterile? I thought he'd been raping women over the years.
17 posted on 04/10/2004 12:21:36 PM PDT by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: All
One word. Money.

Kerry has little and owes all of it.
18 posted on 04/10/2004 12:42:49 PM PDT by Owen
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To: Owen
What about the record $50.mill he just raised?
19 posted on 04/10/2004 12:45:46 PM PDT by woofie ( 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.)
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To: Libloather
Now that Moveon.org and the DNC are activly, willingly and intentionally sharing staff, will moveon.org recuse itself of it's 527 status and declare itself part of the DNC ? ? ?

Will Dan Rather do a "very special 48 hours" on this ?

Will 60 mins give 2 packages to this story ? ?

20 posted on 04/10/2004 12:48:53 PM PDT by ChadGore (Mach 7 !)
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To: woofie
We don't know he did. We don't know what the campaign costs, itself. We do know he still owes $5-6 million for that house collateral. We don't know if he paid the bills for those TV ads yet.

No one turns down a spectacular good paying job unless it wasn't good paying. If it was a "demotion", but paid well, the guy would have endured it for 6 mos. for the money.
21 posted on 04/10/2004 1:03:19 PM PDT by Owen
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