Posted: December 13, 2007 5:33 PM
Clinton Campaign Co-Chair Steps Down Over Obama Remarks
Bill Shaheen, a co-chair for Democratic presidential hopeful and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign in New Hampshire, stepped down from his post Thursday, citing regret for statements he made Wednesday regarding Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s past drug use.
Also Thursday, Clinton apologized to Obama face-to-face at a Washington D.C. airport for Shaheen’s remarks, which involved Shaheen warning that should Obama win the nomination, his past drug use would be targeted by Republican rivals.
“I would like to reiterate that I deeply regret my comments yesterday and say again that they were in no way authorized by Senator Clinton or by the Clinton campaign,” Shaheen said in a press statement.
Despite the apology, members of the Obama team condemned the remarks. “Such tactics have no place in New Hampshire, they have no place in this race and they do nothing to solve our problems,” said State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, a co-chairwoman of the Obama’s New Hampshire campaign, according to the Boston Globe
Shaheen, who was appointed co-chair in March, has been active in political efforts in the state for decades, dating back to former President Jimmy Carter’s successful 1973 campaign.
In the statement announcing his resignation, Shaheen emphasized that Clinton is committed to running a clean campaign.
“Senator Clinton has been running a positive campaign focused on the issues that matter to America’s families. She is the best qualified to be the next President of the United States because she can lead starting on day one,” he said.