Bill Clinton: Obama Supporters Suppressed Nevada Vote

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Democrats, Hillary, Nevada

Wow, he really is going all out for Hill.

On one hand it’s understandable considering the worldwide, historic embarrassment he put her through. On the other hand it’s just so damn tacky given the the suit that the state teacher’s union filed to keep the casino workers from caucusing in the hotels on the strip.

Here’s what he said…

There was a representative of the organization following along behind us going up to everybody who said that, saying ‘if you’re not gonna vote for our guy were gonna give you a schedule tomorrow so you can’t be there.’ So, is this the new politics? I haven’t seen anything like that in America in 35 years. So I will say it again – they think they’re better than you.

Here are the facts as Politico has seen so far:

And the Vegas papers haven’t found any evidence of the kind of straightforward voter suppression Clinton reports. The Obama campaign has suggested the Clinton campaign file formal complaints if it has evidence.

“This is ludicrous,” Culinary Workers political director Pilar Weiss told Politico. She said the union is “aware that some workers aren’t going to vote our way” and doesn’t engage in intimidation.

“The fact that they lost a lawsuit aimed at suppressing workers’ votes, and that now they’re trying to hold on to these baseless claims is ridiculous,” she said.

Weiss also said Clinton’s claim is “technically impossible.” Clinton supporters can ask union organizers — who are actively promoting Obama’s candidacy — to add their names to the lists of workers who will take time off to caucus today. But signs posted around the casinos advertise another avenue to get the time off: Workers can go around the union and ask their managers directly.

“We have found it shocking that President Clinton has gotten so engaged in promoting these accusations,” she said.

Oh, and one note…Hillary actually WON the vote on the strip.

And to think I actually missed Bill Clinton at one point…


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2 Responses to “Bill Clinton: Obama Supporters Suppressed Nevada Vote”

  1. jack Says:

    Congrats
    Hillary the great.
    Obama can’t be trusted. He just talks fooling innocent youths

  2. mw Says:

    This was just good smart political gamesmanship on the Clinton’s part. It was setting up expectations so they had a no-lose situation regardless of actual Nevada results. If they lost, they could blame the process – saying “we told you so”. Having won, they can say they overcame the a rigged game and exceeded expectations, despite the fact that a few weeks ago conventional wisdom was that Nevada was a lock for Clinton.

    Obama is being out-played.

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