Clinton camp email shows hunt for favor
back the March 15 Illinois primary by at least a month.
“The overall goal is to move the IL primary out of mid-March, where they are currently a lifeline to a moderate Republican candidate after the mostly southern Super Tuesday,” Mook wrote. “IL was a key early win for (eventual GOP presidential nominee Mitt) Romney” in 2012.
While the request would come from President Barack Obama, a former Illinois senator, “the key point is that this is not an Obama ask, but a Hillary ask,” Mook said.
“The Clintons won’t forget what their friends have done for them,” he added. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, famously gave special attention to allies considered “friends of Bill.”
Hillary Clinton’s campaign said the FBI was investigating who hacked Podesta’s email.
On the Illinois issue, Mook suggested Bill Daley, a former White House chief The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks has released a trove of emails related to Hillary Clinton. of staff and longtime Illinois power broker, should reach out to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to make the request.
Mook made it clear it would be a tough sell because Madigan and other Illinois Democrats “feel forgotten and neglected by POTUS,” a reference to Obama.
Daley, whose father and brother were both Chicago mayors, said he called Madigan as requested but warned Clinton’s team that moving the primary was unlikely because of a short time frame.
“I made the call and talked to Mike and he listened and understood the reasoning,” Daley said. “But my own judgment was the likelihood that either side would want a primary later in the legislative session was going to be slim to none.”
The Illinois legislature moved up the 2008 primary to benefit then-Sen. Obama in his bid for the White House. The primary was held in early February that year to give Illinois more influence but then moved back to its traditional date in mid-March.
This year, the primary was held as scheduled on March 15. Clinton won the Democratic primary, while Donald Trump won the Republican contest.
The hacked emails released Thursday also offered a glimpse of the role Clinton’s team played in pushing what was meant to be an embarrassing story about the attendance of Democratic primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders at posh fundraising retreats.
Sanders, I-Vt., who railed against the “billionaire class” during his primary campaign, had for years been a regular at fundraising retreats put on by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, including one in July 2015 at Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
In early February, Sanders’ attendance was the subject of several news stories