Skip to comments.CLINTON ADMIN RETREADS BOMB AS CANDIDATES: Clinton Alumni Take Beating at Ballot Box
Posted on 09/18/2002 10:14:36 AM PDT by Liz
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bill Clinton's political offspring are taking a beating at the ballot box this year, with Janet Reno in Florida and Robert Reich in Massachusetts the latest high-profile losers in bids for elected office.
Reno, the former attorney general, conceded defeat to political newcomer Bill McBride in the race for Florida's Democratic gubernatorial nomination on Tuesday, just hours before Reich, the former labor secretary, finished behind state Treasurer Shannon O'Brien in the Democratic primary for governor in Massachusetts.
The two joined former Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo, who pulled out of the New York governor's race before anyone even voted, as Clinton administration Cabinet secretaries whose one-time power failed to translate into electoral victories.
More successful was former Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, favored in his race for governor of New Mexico although his lead is narrowing, and former senior White House adviser Rahm Emanuel, a sure bet to win a House of Representatives seat in an overwhelmingly Democratic district on Chicago's north side.
They were among more than a dozen members of the former president's administration to seek elective office this year, a political class analysts said was unprecedented in its size.
The jury is still out on the political fates of a few other Clinton alumni. Former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles won the Democratic Senate nomination in North Carolina, but is an underdog in his November race against Elizabeth Dole, a former Cabinet secretary under two Republican presidents.
Former Clinton adviser Bill Curry won the Democratic nomination for governor in Connecticut, but trails Republican Gov. John Rowland in the polls.
CLINTON NOT A FACTOR
The one similarity in most of the races is that Clinton, who remains a popular Democratic campaign fund-raiser, was not really a factor, analysts said.
"At the end of the day, these candidates rise and fall on their records, what they've done, and on their strengths and weaknesses as candidates," said Paul Petterson, a political scientist at Central Connecticut State. "I don't see voters being turned one way or another by the Clinton connection."
Some candidates in more conservative states, like Bowles in North Carolina, have taken pains to distance themselves from Clinton's controversial political legacy. Others said they found their time in the administration a net plus, even if it was not always enough for a victory.
"The reaction by voters was always positive that I had that experience and was part of the Clinton administration," said Ira Shapiro, a former trade negotiator who lost a House bid last week in a high-powered Democratic primary field in the Maryland suburbs of Washington.
"The Clinton economic team, which I was part of, was remembered very positively," Shapiro said. "Our polls showed voters were much more inclined to view high government service as a plus."
Some candidates found their actions in Washington had a direct bearing on their campaigns. The liberal Reich was publicly critical of Clinton's activities during the scandal over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Clinton, in turn, raised money for one of Reich's opponents, Steve Grossman, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee who withdrew from the race.
Reno, a former federal prosecutor, had an extensive record as attorney general that haunted her at times, including her role in sending young shipwreck victim Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba, a decision that made her a villain in Miami's politically active Cuban-American community.
Not by people now holding worthless 401Ks/ESOPs.
Okay is anyone surprised by this. Of course Clinton is going to raise money Grossman (former chairman of the DNC). Clinton received a lot money that was filtered through the DNC. Do you honestly think he holds any loyalties to his former Labor Secretary. Well maybe if Reiccchhhh raised a couple million dollars for Bubba, he might have considered campgaining for.
This is the best of Dollar Bill a.k.a. BubbaBJ.
BubbaBJ cares about one person; and that's HIMSELF!!!!!
Yeah, sure. Only in their dreams.
Ssuuuurre Clinton wasn't a factor! LOL!!
And Erskine Bowles is 14 points behind Elizabeth Dole.
That is the whole point, the Clinton connection has had no positive effect for anyone.
In the case of Cuomo, the Clintons' actually turned on one of their own, by endorsing his opponent. It just goes to prove, once again, that the Clinton's stand for nothing but their own political advancement and power.
The Clintons eat their progeny.
Um, that's Irksome Bowles. Noted Mob Royer.
That is a horrific thought Liz!
These con artist-spinmeisters actually think we, the people, can't figure it out for ourselves.