Fears Grow that McAuliffe Could Hurt Hillary's White House Bid

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Sunday, 11 Aug 2013 08:27 PM

By Greg Richter

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will host a fundraiser in September for longtime friend Terry McAuliffe's run for Virginia governor.

The two are good friends and McAuliffe has served the Clintons in one capacity or another for more than 2 decades. But some observers are beginning to ask if ties to McAuliffe could hurt Hillary's own chances if she runs for president in 2016?

The Christian Science Monitor notes that ties to the Clinton ally could, for some voters, bring back the specter of old scandals such as Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky, as well as unpopular projects such as universal health care, which Hillary Clinton, as first lady, headed up.

McAuliffe raised funds during the Bill Clinton presidency and ran Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008. He's currently golfing buddies with Bill.

Hillary Clinton hasn't announced plans to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, but neither her supporters nor political detractors doubt she will. Polls have her beating every potential Democratic candidate, including Vice President Joe Biden, by extremely large margins.

McAuliffe not only brings back unpleasant memories of the Bill Clinton White House for some, he also has his own baggage. An electric car company he ran until December is under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for possibly improperly applying a federal program that offers residency to foreign investors.

And Hillary Clinton's own brother Anthony Rodham's company is also being looked at by the same probe. Gulf Coast Funds Management seeks investors for GreenTech Automotive.

In addition to the McAuliffe ties, Hillary Clinton could face Republican criticism over her link to New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, is a close Hillary Clinton aide, currently on leave, who has publicly supported her husband after his sexually explicit text messages with other women became public.

Hillary was forced to stand by Bill Clinton during his first run for the presidency when multiple allegations of extramarital affairs began leaking to the press. Despite her support, she swore she wasn't just "some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette."

But the Monitor said voters are likely to forget these ties by the time 2016 rolls around. Her years as first lady seem almost "Mesozoic," it says.

"This Hillary has so eclipsed the Hillary of universal health care, Whitewater, and the Monica Lewinsky scandal that the latter seems a fossil – a curious relic of a time long gone, buried under the sediment of recent history," The Monitor says.



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