Clin­ton camp email shows hunt for fa­vor

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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

AN­DREW HARNIK/AP

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