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Trouble brewing in N.Y. for Clinton

Trouble brewing in N.Y. for Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Kathy Willens / Associated Press

IN HARLEM: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton poses with well-wishers in 2006. The racial overtones of her presidential campaign have eroded some of her support among black New Yorkers. “She has a problem,” says the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist .

Black leaders say that if Hillary Rodham Clinton returns as senator, she’ll need to heal racial wounds her campaign has inflicted.

By Peter Nicholas, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
May 25, 2008

Even as she continues her longshot presidential bid, Hillary Rodham Clinton faces a political rift in New York, where black leaders say her standing has dropped due to racially charged comments by her and her husband during the campaign.

African American elected officials and clerics based in New York City say Clinton will need to defuse resentment over the campaign’s racial overtones if she returns to New York as U.S. senator.


State Sen. Bill Perkins, who represents Harlem, said constituents recently phoned him because they wanted to demonstrate outside Bill Clinton’s Harlem office against comments by the former president.

Michael Benjamin, a state assemblyman who represents parts of the Bronx, said his wife removed a photograph of Bill Clinton from her office wall — an expression of the misgivings that some black New Yorkers feel.

Assemblyman Karim Camara of Brooklyn contributed $500 to Hillary Clinton’s Senate reelection campaign in 2006 and described Bill Clinton as a political hero. He said: “Once the campaign is over there has to be a lot of work to heal the wounds. She needs to go back to the black churches she visited in the course of her campaign and have a frank conversation about who she is and how much the support of the black community means. There would not have been a first Clinton presidency in 1992 if not for the African American community.”  Link to complete story LA Times>>


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