Hacked emails of­fer a peek at Clin­ton’s VP list

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - By An­drew Tay­lor

WASH­ING­TON — Phi­lan­thropists Bill and Melinda Gates made the list. So did Ap­ple Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Tim Cook.

They were among nearly 40 elected of­fi­cials, mil­i­tary lead­ers and cor­po­rate CEOs that Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign con­sid­ered for vice pres­i­dent last spring.

The list was in­cluded among hacked emails from Clin­ton’s cam­paign chair­man dis­closed Tues­day by Wik­iLeaks.

The list emailed from Clin­ton cam­paign chair­man John Podesta to Hil­lary Clin­ton in March in­cluded sev­eral Demo­cratic se­na­tors, in­clud­ing El­iz­a­beth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts and Tim Kaine of Vir­ginia, who was even­tu­ally picked by Clin­ton.

Sen. Bernie San­ders of Ver­mont, Clin­ton’s op­po­nent in the Demo­cratic pri­mary, also made the list — at the bot­tom.

Podesta or­ga­nized the list into “rough food groups” in­clud­ing blacks, women and His­pan­ics such as Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion Cab­i­net mem­bers Ju­lian Cas­tro of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment and La­bor Sec­re­tary Tom Perez.

African-Amer­i­cans who made the list in­cluded Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., for­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder and for­mer Mas­sachusetts Gov. De­val Pa­trick.

Be­sides War­ren, women on the list of pos­si­bil­i­ties in­cluded Sens. Kirsten Gil­li­brand, D-N.Y., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Tammy Bald­win, D-Wis., who is gay.

Another group of pos­si­bil­i­ties in­cluded for­mer New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Cook, Bill and Melinda Gates, Howard Schultz of Star­bucks and re­tired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen.

Months be­fore clinch­ing the nom­i­na­tion, Clin­ton shared an email ex­change with cam­paign man­ager Robby Mook in which the two com­plained that thenDemo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­woman Deb­bie Wasser­man Schultz had hired an ex­ec­u­tive to run the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion with­out con­sult­ing the Clin­ton cam­paign or ap­par- ently the White House.

Mook said the cam­paign had ad­vised Wasser­man Schultz that “we ex­pected to be con­sulted — and I was un­der the im­pres­sion they would.”

Clin­ton sug­gested it was “too late” to do any­thing about the hiring. “We can’t be seen as try­ing to re­verse this,” she wrote March 27. Clin­ton did not se­cure the nom­i­na­tion un­til June.

Pre­vi­ously hacked and re­leased DNC doc­u­ments re­vealed un­flat­ter­ing staff emails about the pri­mary be­tween Clin­ton and San­ders and led to Wasser­man Schultz’s res­ig­na­tion just be­fore the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion in July.

And in an email dat­ing to early 2008, af­ter Clin­ton was dealt a big loss in the Iowa cau­cuses, Podesta and Demo­cratic con­sul­tant Paul Be­gala lamented the Clin­ton cam­paign’s per­for­mance.

“I know the fish rots from the head, but I re­ally feel sorry for her,” Podesta wrote. “This def­i­nitely could have been won.”

Podesta sat out the 2008 cam­paign but ran thenSen. Barack Obama’s tran­si­tion team.

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