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CLINTON ADMIN RETREADS BOMB AS CANDIDATES: Clinton Alumni Take Beating at Ballot Box
REUTERS ^ | September 18, 2002 | John Whitesides, Political Correspondent

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.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clintonalumni; clintonhaters
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1 posted on 09/18/2002 10:14:36 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
It's only the expected result for the lackeys of a "president" whose legacy will be the knowledge that he spent his time tossing off into his secretary's sink.
2 posted on 09/18/2002 10:17:55 AM PDT by ErnBatavia
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To: Liz
"The Clinton economic team, which I was part of, was remembered very positively,"

Not by people now holding worthless 401Ks/ESOPs.

3 posted on 09/18/2002 10:19:10 AM PDT by epluribus_2
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To: Liz
The title should have been,

"CLINTON ADMIN RETARDS BOMB AS CANDIDATES: Clinton Alumni Take Beating at Ballot Box"
4 posted on 09/18/2002 10:24:26 AM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: Liz
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.

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!!!!!

5 posted on 09/18/2002 10:26:31 AM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: epluribus_2
"The Clinton economic team......was remembered very positively,"

Yeah, sure. Only in their dreams.

6 posted on 09/18/2002 10:28:17 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
"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."

Ssuuuurre Clinton wasn't a factor! LOL!!

7 posted on 09/18/2002 10:28:42 AM PDT by Destructor
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To: Liz
Ah, life is good.

And Erskine Bowles is 14 points behind Elizabeth Dole.

8 posted on 09/18/2002 10:29:02 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Liz
Let's just be clear here. The clintons did not want Reno, Cuomo or Reich to win. Terry McAuliffe's big money man father-in-law is the campaign chairman for Bill McBride in Florida. Clinton is an enemy of Robert Reich because of a book Reich wrote criticizing Clinton. The Clintons lined up with Carl McCall in NY so Hillary could keep the black vote. So, I wouldn't say the Clintons have exactly hurt the candidates that they truly wanted. By the way, I hate the clintons with every fiber of my being and I consider hillary as president the most dangerous thing that could ever happen to the United States of America. Just wanted to point out a few facts.
9 posted on 09/18/2002 10:30:11 AM PDT by Wait4Truth
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To: MotleyGirl70
Mucking turd and his wife are lowlife connivers. Power and money are their only gods. They are watching and waiting for the day when Hitlery can take over the WH.
10 posted on 09/18/2002 10:30:59 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
"I don't see voters being turned one way or another by the Clinton connection."

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.

11 posted on 09/18/2002 10:31:57 AM PDT by Eva
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To: Wait4Truth
You nailed just about everything we detest about Frankenturd and his bride.
12 posted on 09/18/2002 10:33:23 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
I hope we don't get stuck with Richardson as gov. here in NM. He is setting himself up to take Domenici's place when he retires. Richardson is probably the most sorry lackey in X42's administration.
13 posted on 09/18/2002 10:36:02 AM PDT by wjcsux
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To: Howlin
"And Erskine Bowles is 14 points behind Elizabeth Dole."

Um, that's Irksome Bowles. Noted Mob Royer.

Michael

14 posted on 09/18/2002 10:36:21 AM PDT by Wright is right!
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To: Liz
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.

Of course he was. He (and Hillary) were the ones who chose these people to work for him. He selected them based on traits he thought would advance his agenda. It turns out that whereas people given to sleaze and corruption helped him cover his ass, they weren't what the general electorate wanted.
15 posted on 09/18/2002 10:36:27 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Liz
They are watching and waiting for the day when Hitlery can take over the WH.

That is a horrific thought Liz!

16 posted on 09/18/2002 10:37:37 AM PDT by MotleyGirl70
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To: Wright is right!
Irksome Bowels.
17 posted on 09/18/2002 10:38:34 AM PDT by Dialup Llama
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To: Howlin
That is good news about creepy-looking Bowles. I was hoping Rahm Emanuel would go down to defeat. But he had the successful Daley and Sons family vote-manufacturing company on his team there in Chicago's DemoRat-saturated northside.
18 posted on 09/18/2002 10:39:05 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Destructor
Ssuuuurre Clinton wasn't a factor..........

These con artist-spinmeisters actually think we, the people, can't figure it out for ourselves.

19 posted on 09/18/2002 10:42:19 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Texas_Jarhead
That, too.......LOL.
20 posted on 09/18/2002 10:42:45 AM PDT by Liz
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To: MotleyGirl70
Isn't it, though? Enough to bring on clinical depression.
21 posted on 09/18/2002 10:43:59 AM PDT by Liz
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To: wjcsux
I hope not. Richardson is the pits. The worst. He's got so many negatives, can't understand how he got this far. Voters better wake up.
22 posted on 09/18/2002 10:45:38 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Destructor
Like hell Clinton isn't a factor. The American people are so sick of Clinton they will vote for abcl (anybody but Clinton lackey).
23 posted on 09/18/2002 10:53:15 AM PDT by Let's Roll
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To: Liz
Reich, the former labor secretary, finished behind state Treasurer Shannon O'Brien in the Democratic primary for governor in Massachusetts.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Reich finish third?

BTW, Hillary! did not line up with McCall until it was obvious to all that ANDREW was going down in flames, and that his only hope was to start throwing mud-bombs. Hillary! realized that this would have hurt her with the black community, and that ANDREW was a goner anyway. It was then, and only then, that she started to back McCall.

The Clintons want to be seen as winners. More and more it is becoming obvious to all that they are a net negative to anyone associated with them.

Hillary!ism is dead!

24 posted on 09/18/2002 11:01:02 AM PDT by gridlock
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To: Liz
Richardson's campaign motto: "Elect me to govern New Mexico so that I can pillage Los Alamos once again"...
25 posted on 09/18/2002 11:02:22 AM PDT by Southack
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To: Liz
re post 12: Mighty colorful language coming from the knowledge Godess.
26 posted on 09/18/2002 11:08:24 AM PDT by bribriagain
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To: wjcsux

I hope we don't get stuck with Richardson as gov. here in NM. He is setting himself up to take Domenici's place when he retires. Richardson is probably the most sorry lackey in X42's administration.


27 posted on 09/18/2002 11:11:59 AM PDT by Registered
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To: Liz
I guess these loser candidates can look at the britght side, many of Klintoon's pals aren't breathing
28 posted on 09/18/2002 11:14:55 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Howlin
And Erskine Bowles is 14 points behind Elizabeth Dole.

For now - look for all out assault here - already seeing it - by scare the elders ads.

Elizabeth Dole must be ready to counter - even if she can't afford to run ad after ad.

Their plan is to BLITZ the STATE with these ads while working to challenge her residency claim.

I hope the Repubs are ready for the fight.

And "the Repubs" means - US!

29 posted on 09/18/2002 11:17:11 AM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt; Liz
I was thinking she got the title wrong.

Shouldn't it have said Clinton ADMIN RETARDS??

30 posted on 09/18/2002 11:18:24 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Retreads, retards, yes, either one works!
31 posted on 09/18/2002 11:19:37 AM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: bribriagain
Have some pity, man. The intelligentsia gets to howl every now and then.

Gets a little unnerving having to contemplate the conniving Clintons.

Even ten dollar words do not suffice.

32 posted on 09/18/2002 11:25:56 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Registered
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant, Reg. Love it.
33 posted on 09/18/2002 11:26:49 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt; Howlin
I'll take the hint and save the "Clinton Admin Retards" comment for another thread.

However I still maintain my "retreads" comment is a great put-down of these creeps.

34 posted on 09/18/2002 11:28:47 AM PDT by Liz
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To: 1Old Pro
Considering the alternative.......yeah.
35 posted on 09/18/2002 11:30:18 AM PDT by Liz
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To: *Clinton Alumni
b!
36 posted on 09/18/2002 11:33:22 AM PDT by mrsmith
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To: Southack
A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE

June 1, 1999
Washington, DC

The US Secretary of Energy Mr. Bill Richardson denied that any Indian scientist was expelled from Los Alamos on account of espionage. "Newsweek" in its latest issue had alleged that "....last year Los Alamos expelled an Indian scientist when it was discovered he had ties to India's nuclear-bomb program".

Clarifying the situation on NBC's "Meet the Press" on May 30, US Secretary of Energy Mr. Richardson stated as follows:

"It doesn’t have anything to do with espionage, but I can’t confirm that, Tim. When India detonated their nuclear weapon, sanctions from U.S. legislation were triggered, and the United States was forced to expel scientists. This scientist was doing unclassified work at Los Alamos. He had a connection with a nuclear institute in India that causes concern, so the lab, under Deputy Secretary Betsy Moeller, determined that he should be expelled. One or two others were also expelled from some of our science labs, but it was not because of espionage. It was because India took that negative step in detonating that weapon last year."

37 posted on 09/18/2002 11:33:45 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
I know where you're coming from. I can't think of the words to describe the Pardon Monkey. I like your description best.
38 posted on 09/18/2002 11:34:19 AM PDT by bribriagain
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To: Liz
Oh, Clintoon is a factor in the failure of members of his former regime, all right. The political records of his followers are as dismal as his own is, and since it was the Clinton regime that set the stage for 9/11 and economic collapse - which to be fair probably wouldn't have been as ballistic if 9/11 hadn't occurred, though it was Clinton's foreign lack of policy that helped CAUSE it - the voters are now taking their wrath out on the former administration.
39 posted on 09/18/2002 11:40:34 AM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: bribriagain
Thanx, glad you liked my description of "Robespierre and Madam DeFarge."
40 posted on 09/18/2002 11:40:55 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
Thanks...hehehehe...I hope freepers realize that the clintons, through terry mcauliffe, still completely rule the RAT party. That's why they put him in there and he is doing exactly as they tell him. We thought we would be rid of them after January 20, 2001 but that is not the case...not even close. God help us all.
41 posted on 09/18/2002 11:41:53 AM PDT by Wait4Truth
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To: cake_crumb
......it was the Clinton regime that set the stage for 9/11 and economic collapse - which to be fair probably wouldn't have been as ballistic if 9/11 hadn't occurred, though it was Clinton's foreign lack of policy that helped CAUSE it .....

Blame Clinton, sure, but I don't think it was his lack of foreign policy so much as his inability to deal with it. The 6-7 bombing incidences even a 1995 WTC bombing during his admin were certainly a harbinger of things to come, that he did little or nothing about.

42 posted on 09/18/2002 11:46:20 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Wait4Truth
I do believe we on FR know the conniving Clintons are in charge of the dim Dems via McAwful.
But why don't you keep reminding us every now and then, anyway.
43 posted on 09/18/2002 11:50:15 AM PDT by Liz
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To: *Clinton Haters
..........would you sign in, please.......
44 posted on 09/18/2002 11:51:43 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
I'd be glad to keep reminding people. Some here seem to think that clinton is now a nobody. That is wishful thinking. I'm glad you realize it.
45 posted on 09/18/2002 11:58:33 AM PDT by Wait4Truth
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To: Liz
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.

Funny that Reuters carefully neglects Reno's major crime scene at Waco as a negative factor.

That Texas outrage is the kind of Clintonite horror that sticks to a politico like slime on a suckerfish.

JANET'S KIDS

46 posted on 09/18/2002 12:14:06 PM PDT by henbane
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To: Wait4Truth; Liz
So why does this 'association' with the Clintons not seem to have univeral effect? For example with Richardson. I'm not questioning your analysis...just wondering what kind of teflon clothes Richardson is apparently wearing.
47 posted on 09/18/2002 12:17:11 PM PDT by justshe
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To: Liz
"Blame Clinton, sure, but I don't think it was his lack of foreign policy so much as his inability to deal with it."

Yep, Clinton's ability to deal with foreign policy ranks right there with Carter on the competency scale. That's partly why I referred to it as "foreign lack of policy" ;- )

48 posted on 09/18/2002 12:23:50 PM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: Wait4Truth
I'm not crazy enough to believe Clinton has really become irrelevant. We, the people, just aren't LUCKY enough for that to happen.

However, I have to wonder: if Hillary were running for her Senate position now, with America knowing what it knows, would she stand a chance in he!! of being elected? Somehow, I don't think so...but Hillary doesn't have to WORRY about running in '02, having slithered into office in '00 on the strength of the votes of the very group of people that the Clintons have damaged nearly as badly as America : Jewish voters. 'Course, the Jewish voters didn't know just how much their enemy Hillary IS, not then.

The Clintons have the luck of the devil.

49 posted on 09/18/2002 12:30:43 PM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: Liz
"Bill Clinton's political offspring"

LOL...yeah.

Clinton FOISTED them on us...but "it takes a VILLIAGE" - of voters - to get RID of THEIR "offspring".

50 posted on 09/18/2002 12:36:04 PM PDT by cake_crumb
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