Wright’s friend

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“The Rev. Jeremiah Wright couldn’t have done more dam­age to Barack Obama’s cam­paign if he had tried. And you have to won­der if that’s just what one friend of Wright wanted,” New York Daily News colum­nist Er­rol Louis writes.

“Shortly be­fore he rose to de­liver his ram­bling, an­gry, sar­cas­tic re­marks at the Na­tional Press Club [April 28], Wright sat next to, and chat­ted with, Bar­bara Reynolds,” Mr. Louis said.

“A for mer ed­i­tor ial board mem­ber at USA To­day, she runs some­thing called Reynolds News Ser­vices and teaches min­istry at the Howard Univer­sity School of Di­vin­ity. (She is an or­dained min­is­ter).

“It also turns out that Reynolds — in­tro­duced [April 28] as a mem­ber of the Na­tional Press Club ‘who or­ga­nized’ the event — is an en­thu­si­as­tic Hil­lary Clin­ton sup­porter.

“On a blog linked to her Web site — www.reynold­snews.com — Reynolds said in a Fe­bru­ary post: ‘My vote for Hil­lary in the Mary­land pri­mary was my way of say­ing thank you’ to Clin­ton and her hus­band for the suc­cesses of Bill Clin­ton’s pres­i­dency. [. . .]

“I don’t know if Reynolds’ ea­ger­ness to help Wright stage a dis­as­trous news con­fer­ence with the na­tional me­dia was a way of try­ing to help Clin­ton — my queries to Reynolds by phone and e-mail weren’t re­turned [April 28] — but it’s safe to say she didn’t see any con­flict be­tween pro­mot­ing Wright and sup­port­ing Clin­ton.”

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