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Mounting Headaches For Hillary

- August 5, 2013

THE SCANDALS OF CLINTON ALLIES HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO HURT HER 2016 PROSPECTS

Both The Virginia Gubernatorial Race And The New York City Mayoral Race "Are Posing Challenges For Clinton." "In an off year a long way from when Clinton would need to decide whether to make another run for president, 2013 figured to be a quiet time for the former first lady. But this year's two major political races - for Virginia governor and for New York mayor - are both posing challenges for Clinton." (Philip Rucker and Ben Pershing, "Hillary Clinton Watchers Keeping Their Eyes On Terry McAuliffe's Campaign For Va. Governor," The Washington Post, 8/4/13)

THE SEX SCANDAL SURROUNDING NEW YORK CITY MAYORAL CANDIDATE ANTHONY WEINER IS "PROBLEMATIC" FOR HILLARY CLINTON'S 2016 AMBITIONS

"Anthony Weiner, Whose Mayoral Campaign Is Ensnared In A Sexting Scandal, Is Married To Huma Abedin, A Longtime Clinton Aide And Confidante. The Further They Sink Into Scandal, The More Problematic Abedin's Connection To Clinton Becomes." (Philip Rucker and Ben Pershing, "Hillary Clinton Watchers Keeping Their Eyes On Terry McAuliffe's Campaign For Va. Governor," The Washington Post, 8/4/13)

  • The "Swirl Of Embarrassing Headlines" Surrounding Anthony Weiner's Mayoral Campaign "Is Proving to Be Another Stress Test Of The Clinton Infrastructure." "Yet the swirl of embarrassing headlines surrounding Weiner and Abedin, combined with attention paid to her outside consulting work while at the State Department, is proving to be another stress test of the Clinton infrastructure in a year that was supposed to be relatively quiet for them."(Maggie Haberman, "Concern Grows For Huma Abedin Within Clinton World," Politico, 7/30/13)

Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's Transition Office Chief And Wife Of Embattled New York City Mayoral Candidate Anthony Weiner, Is Taking An "Extended Vacation" From Her Job With Clinton . "Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's transition office chief and the wife of embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, is expected to take extended vacation time from her job with the former first lady in the coming days, sources told POLITICO." (Maggie Haberman, "Huma Abedin To Take A Break From Job With Hillary Clinton," Politico, 7/30/13)

  • Abedin's "Extended Vacation" From Her Job With Clinton "May Be The First Sign That The Weiner Scandal Is Beginning To Have An Effect On Clinton." "Huma Abedin, the wife of scandal-ridden candidate for New York City mayor Anthony Weiner, has decided to take an 'extended vacation' from her position as an aide to Hillary Clinton. Abedin, who has had a long professional relationship with Clinton, is clearly in a difficult place in her personal life so her desire to have some time for herself can certainly be understood and respected. This decision will have little impact on Weiner's fast collapsing mayoral campaign as the damage there is already done, but it may be the first sign that the Weiner scandal is beginning to have an effect on Clinton." (Lincoln Mitchell, "Anthony Weiner Could Create Problems For Hillary Clinton, Too," The Huffington Post, The Huffington Post, 8/4/13)

Longtime Clinton Aide Philippe Reines Advised Abedin Before Weiner's Recent Campaign Announcement. "Philippe I. Reines, the personal spokesman and adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton, picked up the phone. Longtime allies from Mrs. Clinton's close-knit inner circle, the two spoke for several minutes before Ms. Abedin ended the call and stepped before reporters to make her statement. Mr. Reines, 43, said his primary interest was in supporting his close friend Ms. Abedin, who has been an aide to Mrs. Clinton since the White House years, during a difficult time. But he also called Mrs. Clinton to make sure she knew what was about to unfold, according to a person briefed on their conversation." (Amy Chozick and Michael M. Grynbaum, "Coming To An Old Friend's Aid, With An Eye On The Clinton Image," The New York Times , 8/1/13)

  • In Addition To Advising Abedin, Reines Has Been Present On Weiner Campaign Conference Calls. "For his part, Mr. Reines plays down his interactions with the Weiner operation, saying he is unpaid and primarily concerned with assisting Ms. Abedin, a beloved surrogate daughter to the Clintons who has faced unfriendly headlines and pointed questions about her judgment after publicly vouching for Mr. Weiner. And at times, he cannot hide his exasperation with Ms. Abedin's husband. On a campaign conference call hours before that news conference on July 23, Mr. Reines learned for the first time that Mr. Weiner had engaged in online liaisons after leaving Congress. He was enraged and proceeded to berate Mr. Weiner, saying he would 'reach through this phone' and 'pull out' his throat, adding an expletive, according to a participant on the call." (Amy Chozick and Michael M. Grynbaum, "Coming To An Old Friend's Aid, With An Eye On The Clinton Image," The New York Times , 8/1/13)

The Comparisons Of Weiner And Abedin To The Clinton Sex Scandal Of The 1990s "Come At An Awkward Time" For Hillary Clinton. "The widespread interest in Mr. Weiner's digital escapades - and Ms. Abedin's decision to stand at his side - has evoked popular comparisons with the scandals endured by Bill and Hillary Clinton in the 1990s, and some associates of the former first couple have said they would prefer if Mr. Weiner bowed out of the mayoral race. The comparisons come at an awkward time for Mrs. Clinton, who is weighing her own political return and has embarked on a heavy schedule of speechmaking before influential audiences as she decides whether to pursue a presidential run in 2016." (Amy Chozick, "Coming To An Old Friend's Aid, With An Eye On The Clinton Image," The New York Times, 8/1/13)

  • "Every Time Abedin Or The Press Reminds Us Of How Close She Is With The Clintons, It Is A Reminder Of The Ethical Problems With Which The Clintons Themselves Wrestled Throughout Much Of The 1990s." (Lincoln Mitchell, "Anthony Weiner Could Create Problems For Hillary Clinton, Too," The Huffington Post,The Huffington Post, 8/4/13)
     
  • "Yet The Intense Focus And Parallels That Pundits Have Drawn To Bill And Hillary Clinton's Own Marital Issues, Several Democrats With Ties To The Clintons Said Privately, Could Become An Issue For Hillary Clinton." (Maggie Haberman, "Concern Grows For Huma Abedin Within Clinton World," Politico, 7/30/13)
     
  • "'It's Not A Problem Now,' Said One Senior Democrat. 'But Every Day That This Goes On Brings Increasing Risk For The Clintons.'" (Maggie Haberman, "Concern Grows For Huma Abedin Within Clinton World," Politico, 7/30/13)

THE GREENTECH SCANDAL PLAGUING VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE TERRY MCAULIFFE PUTS THE CLINTONS IN AN AWKWARD POSITION

The Securities And Exchange Commission Is Investigating Terry McAuliffe's GreenTech "Over Its Conduct In Soliciting Foreign Investors." "An electric-car company co-founded by Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (D) is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission over its conduct in soliciting foreign investors, according to law-enforcement documents and company officials." (Tom Hamburger and Ben Pershing, "Company With Ties To Terry McAuliffe Is Under SEC Investigation," The Washington Post , 8/2/13)

  • The SEC Has Subpoenaed Documents From Both McAuliffe's GreenTech And Gulf Coast Funds, A Sister Company Run By Hillary Clinton's Brother, Anthony Rodham. "The SEC subpoenaed documents in May from GreenTech Automotive and bank records from a sister company, Gulf Coast Funds Management of McLean. The investigation is focused, at least in part, on alleged claims that the company 'guarantees returns' to the investors, according to government documents. GreenTech has sought overseas investors through a federal program that allows foreigners to gain special visas if they contribute at least $500,000 to create U.S. jobs. Gulf Coast, which is run by Anthony Rodham, the brother of former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, seeks investors for GreenTech and arranges the visas." (Tom Hamburger and Ben Pershing, "Company With Ties To Terry McAuliffe Is Under SEC Investigation," The Washington Post , 8/2/13)

McAuliffe's Campaign Is Built Around His Connections To The Clintons

Many Democrats See McAuliffe's Campaign As The "Ground Floor" Of What Would Be Clinton's Presidential Run. "Many Democrats see Mc­Auliffe's gubernatorial campaign as the ground floor of a would-be Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential run - with his Virginia operation serving as a farm team in a critical swing state and donors believing they can curry favor with her by helping Mc­Auliffe." (Philip Rucker and Ben Pershing, "Hillary Clinton Watchers Keeping Their Eyes On Terry McAuliffe's Campaign For Va. Governor," The Washington Post, 8/4/13)

  • People Close To Clinton Are Trying "Quash The Notion, Believing She Could Be Damaged If Her Political Strength Is Measured By The McAuliffe Campaign." "But those taking this approach are doing so without Hillary Clinton's direct blessing, and people close to her are trying to quash the notion, believing she could be damaged if her political strength is measured by the McAuliffe campaign." (Philip Rucker and Ben Pershing, "Hillary Clinton Watchers Keeping Their Eyes On Terry McAuliffe's Campaign For Va. Governor," The Washington Post, 8/4/13)

McAuliffe Owes His Political Career To The Clintons. "McAuliffe's close ties to the Clintons have fueled his political career - during the Clinton presidency, he was often referred to as 'first friend.'" (Tom Hamburger and Ben Pershing, "Company With Ties To Terry McAuliffe Is Under SEC Investigation," The Washington Post , 8/2/13)

  • "During The Clinton Presidency, He Was Often Referred To As 'First Friend.'" (Tom Hamburger and Ben Pershing, "Company With Ties To Terry McAuliffe Is Under SEC Investigation," The Washington Post , 8/2/13)

Hillary Clinton Is Expected To Campaign For McAuliffe. "Hillary Clinton also is expected to hit the campaign trail in some form for longtime friend and Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe." (Maggie Haberman, "Concern Grows For Huma Abedin Within Clinton World," Politico, 7/30/13)

  • McAuliffe Spokesman Josh Schwerin: Former President Bill Clinton "Has And Will Continue To Be Very Helpful." "The effort to distance Mc­Auliffe from Clinton's orbit was well underway even before last week's revelation that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating GreenTech, the electric-car firm he co-founded. Also under investigation is Gulf Coast Funds Management, a company run by Hillary Clinton's brother Anthony Rodham that processes visas for foreign investors in GreenTech. 'President Clinton has and will continue to be very helpful, and Terry is grateful for that,' Mc­Auliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin said."(Philip Rucker and Ben Pershing, "Hillary Clinton Watchers Keeping Their Eyes On Terry McAuliffe's Campaign For Va. Governor," The Washington Post, 8/4/13)

"An Analysis Of Campaign Finance Records Shows That 40 Individuals Who Were Bundlers For Hillary Clinton's 2008 Campaign Have Given To McAuliffe's 2013 Bid, Totaling More Than $1.5 Million For The Virginia Hopeful." (Philip Rucker and Ben Pershing, "Hillary Clinton Watchers Keeping Their Eyes On Terry McAuliffe's Campaign For Va. Governor," The Washington Post, 8/4/13)

"McAuliffe Also Has Tapped Into The Clintons' Staff Network To Help His Campaign." (Philip Rucker and Ben Pershing, "Hillary Clinton Watchers Keeping Their Eyes On Terry McAuliffe's Campaign For Va. Governor," The Washington Post, 8/4/13)

  • "Robby Mook, Who Ran Hillary Clinton's Successful 2008 Primary Campaigns In Indiana, Nevada And Ohio, Is Managing McAuliffe's Campaign." (Philip Rucker and Ben Pershing, "Hillary Clinton Watchers Keeping Their Eyes On Terry McAuliffe's Campaign For Va. Governor," The Washington Post, 8/4/13)
     
  • "Mook Is Among A Handful Of Operatives In The Running To Direct A 2016 Clinton Campaign." (Philip Rucker and Ben Pershing, "Hillary Clinton Watchers Keeping Their Eyes On Terry McAuliffe's Campaign For Va. Governor," The Washington Post, 8/4/13)
     
  • McAuliffe Adviser's Geoff Garin And Patrick Hallahan Both Have Ties To Clinton. "Pollster Geoff Garin, a top strategist in Clinton's 2008 campaign, is working for McAuliffe. And Patrick Halla­han, a former Clinton campaign aide, is a senior adviser on Mc­Auliffe's campaign team. (Last year, Hallahan married one of Clinton's State Department aides, Natalie Jones, at McAuliffe's McLean home.)" (Philip Rucker and Ben Pershing, "Hillary Clinton Watchers Keeping Their Eyes On Terry McAuliffe's Campaign For Va. Governor," The Washington Post, 8/4/13)

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