DECEMBER 01, 2008
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued the following statement today in response to Barack Obama’s selection of New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to serve as Secretary of State.
“Hillary Clinton is ethically challenged. Her husband is ethically challenged. From their days in the White House to the present day, the Clintons have consistently abused their public office for personal and political gain. Hillary and Bill (not to mention their siblings) are scandals waiting to happen. Hillary Clinton has neither the temperament nor ethics to be in such a sensitive office. In tapping Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State, Obama now owns the Clinton scandals.
“Has any other Secretary of State nominee been the subject of a grand jury criminal investigation?
“I believe Barack Obama made a deal with the devil to avoid a floor flight at the Democratic convention. This decision may have served Obama politically, but the public should not suffer the consequences. Hillary’s nomination is another weak personnel decision that will harm the Obama presidency.
“If the Senate is serious about ethics in government, Hillary Clinton’s nomination will be rejected.
“Will the Obama administration exercise due diligence and keep a watchful eye on the Clintons? My guess is that if Obama is willing to hire Hillary Clinton given her dismal record, he will be willing to turn a blind eye to her corrupt behavior at the State Department. Judicial Watch will have its work cut out for it with a Clinton-run State Department.
“Barack Obama has a blind spot when it comes to his corrupt associations. He has consorted with the likes of domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and the convicted felon Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko. And now Obama has surrounded himself with the very people responsible for bringing disgrace upon the White House during the Clinton administration, including Hillary Clinton.”