FEBRUARY 22, 2007
The support of a flamboyant Hollywood studio mogul who raised millions for the Clintons has become the major campaign issue between the two top Democratic presidential candidates because the billionaire has unexpectedly slammed one to endorse the other.
Hollywood heavy hitter David Geffen was once a Clinton loyal, who donated heavily to Bill and Hillary’s campaigns and helped them raise millions so the New York senator fully expected his coveted support in her White House run. Instead, Geffen called Hillary’s husband reckless and said that everybody in politics lies, but the Clintons do it with such ease, it’s troubling. Then he announced his support for Hillary’s top rival, Illinois Senator Barack Obama.
The betrayal so angered the former First Lady that she had her communications director fire off a fiery press release littered with factual errors that falsely accused Geffen of being the finance chairman of Obama’s campaign. The press release demands that Obama denounce Geffen’s remarks, return his campaign money and fire him from a position (campaign finance chairman) he never held, all because Geffen “viciously and personally” attacked Senator Clinton and her husband.”
Obama responded with some jabs of his own, saying through his communications director, that it is ironic that the Clintons had no problem with David Geffen when he was raising $18 million for them and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln bedroom.
Calling Hillary’s behavior churlish and immature, one well-known entertainment columnist said the senator is acting like a jealous girlfriend whose boyfriend cheated on her.
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