Hey Brooklyn, Hillary Clinton has arrived
BY ANNIE KARNI
Updated 05/14/2015 6:51 PM EDT
At a gathering of about 250 fundraisers that traveled to Red Hook, Brooklyn from across the country on Thursday, Hillary Clinton did not encourage the group to donate to their Super-PAC and reiterated their commitment to campaign funding reform.
“She brought up the fact that these are all primary money, they are all hard dollars,” said former Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, who attended the Finance Committee meeting. “She didn’t encourage anyone to give anything to the Super PAC.”
The Super-PAC silence that occurred during her first trip to Brooklyn since her candidacy was officially declared shows a desire to keep a distance between her campaign fundraiser and the Super-PAC fundraiser. The lack of a pitch Thursday came after Clinton openly courted donors last week to give to an independent super-PAC, Priorities USA, at meetings in California.
Bayh said Clinton told fundraisers that Republican Super PACs are “sprouting like mushrooms”. “She said directly that if elected, she would make reform of this aspect of our politics a top priority. It is an inevitable irony that to change that, you have to be successful first, ”he added.
Bayh described Clinton at the meeting held at the Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook that was attended by Hillstarter from across the country – fundraisers that raised ten checks for $ 2,700. At the closed press conference, the group received briefings from senior campaigners and from Clinton himself.
The overcrowded field of Republican candidates was not brought up – except during a presentation by pollers showing Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio’s numbers were “static,” Bayh said.
One fundraiser asked Clinton during a question-and-answer session how she would display the empathetic side of her personality that was expressed during a 2008 election freeze in New Hampshire when Clinton fell apart. “Hillary said, well, it’s really up to me to make sure I get enough rest to make sure I’m thinking and thinking, I’m not trying to micromanage too much,” Bayh recalled.
Clinton was also asked about President Barack Obama’s trade deal but didn’t weigh, saying she would wait to see what the proposed deal was before expressing her own opinion, Bayh said.
Attendees included Morgan Stanley Vice Chairman Tom Nides, longtime Clinton fundraiser Jay Jacobs, DNC National Committee member Robert Zimmerman, campaign manager Robby Mook, communications director Jennifer Palmieri, senior advisor Marlon Marshall and the Policy Advisors Jake Sullivan, Ann O’Leary, and Maya Harris. Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s nameplate was unclaimed at the entrance to the event.
Before the event, Clinton visited her campaign headquarters and walked Brooklyn Heights.
Clinton shook hands with employees she hadn’t met and reconnected with familiar faces from their previous campaigns. She told the group, “It’s important to win, but it’s also important to have fun,” said spokesman Nick Merrill.
After about an hour of handshaking, Clinton took a short walk and shopping spree through Brooklyn Heights, where she was followed by a camera and accompanied by longtime aide Huma Abedin and spokesman Nick Merrill.
She went to a toy store, Area Kids, where she bought a romper, presumably for her grandchild, and Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, Inc., a local nonprofit, where she bought a second romper and a children’s book called Simpson’s Sheep Won. t go to sleep. “For lunch she opted for a salad from Monty Q’s, a pizzeria.
She arrived at the Red Hook financial meeting in her Scooby van just after 3pm and did not take questions from the press upon entering. She left just before 5:30 p.m.
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