This meme is making the rounds on Facebook:
I’ve seen it five times already this morning and I’m sorry, but I don’t see a purpose. As I pointed out in an earlier post, even if ALL super delegates were disqualified, she would still have enough delegates to win.
But that’s not what bothers me. No, what bothers me is the right-wing nature of the smears, in which they pull ONE THING out of someone’s background and use it to – again, what purpose? To disqualify them? Do you know what happens if a delegate can’t serve? They’re replaced by another super delegate. And since none of them are committed to a candidate as yet, the replacement could still support Clinton. In fact, since Hillary has 2.7 million more votes and has won the most states, and super delegates serve the party, the replacement would likely support her.
Anyway, Let’s look at these five examples and show you what they have wrong, shall we?
Emily Giske – Above, it claims that Emily is a lobbyist working with Pfizer and Goldman Sachs. I can neither confirm nor deny that is the case. However, what I CAN tell you is that Emily has been a member of the DNC for at least 16 years, that she is the head of their LGBT caucus and that she was the lead lobbyist when it came to passing New York’s marriage equality law. She’s also been a principle consultant for a number of Democratic campaigns throughout New York and she’s Vice-Chair of the New York Democratic Party. (Source)
So, I guess the question is, what have the people smearing her done for Democrats? Hmmm??
Tonio Burgos – According to this meme, Tonio is a lobbyist for Pfizer, as if that’s automatically a disqualifier. This is problematic since, in addition to being a corporate rapist with regard to some pricing of medications, Pfizer has also been front and center in the effort to eradicate AIDS in Africa. In other words, without more information, why would anyone assume that lobbying for Pfizer is definitely bad? The Gates Foundation works with them. Anyone, getting back to Tonio, he runs his own consulting and lobbying firm. According to his website:
At Tonio Burgos and Associates, Inc. (TB&A) we achieve success for our clients across a broad array of sectors: Homeland Security, Education, Transportation, Infrastructure, Labor, Telecommunications, Energy, Healthcare, Economic Development, Technology, Tourism, Financial Services and Insurance.
That would seem to be a whole lot more than just Pfizer, wouldn’t you say? Yeah, he’s a little more well-rounded than that. For one thing, he was a super delegate in 2008, as well, and he has served in a number of positions in government. Here is his Sourcewatch profile, explaining what he’s done. Currently, he also serves on the board of New York Harbor Parks. His affinity for Mrs. Clinton may stem from the fact that he was appointed by President Clinton to be on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He is also on the New York City Latin Media Entertainment Commission and he is on the Board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and member of the New Jersey DNC.
Seems like he’s a lot more qualified than any of the people whining about him.
Joanne Dowdell – According to this meme, Ms. Dowdell is a Senior VP at News Corp, and that alone apparently disqualifies her as a super delegate. What she is, is a Senior Vice President for Global Government Affairs for News Corp. That is a position she has held for less than two years and it certainly means she doesn’t program Fox News. Before that, she served on the boards for Volunteer New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Humanities Council and she ran for Congress from New Hampshire’s First District. (Source) Before that, Ms. Dowdell was the Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Responsibility for the Sentinel Financial Services Company in Vermont. (Source) I’m sorry, but how has she not earned delegate status?
Bill Shaheen – So, according to this, Bill’s entire career is pushing opioids on people. That’s all he does. The last name should seem familiar, as he is the husband of Jeanne Shaheen. In addition to pushing drugs (just kidding, of course), Shaheen was also the co-chair for Hillary’s campaign in 2008. He is a lawyer who is a name partner at his own firm, and which does lobbying and legal work for a lot of companies and causes. He’s also served as a U.S Attorney and served as a judge for a time in state courts. By the way, his firm has won several several seven-figure settlements against drug companies, according to his firm’s website. Shouldn’t that count, too? (Source)
I’ve saved the best for last.
Jeff Berman – Of all the things you can say about Berman, insinuating that he is merely a lobbyist for a couple of choice companies that you don’t like is incredibly misleading. Yes, he was once a lobbyist with Bryan Cave, and yes one of his clients was Trans Canada, but he left both behind some time ago and runs his own consulting firm. He is also a consultant with the 2016 Clinton campaign, and was in 2008, as well until — wait for it — he bolted the Clinton campaign to help Obama win over super delegates during that primary. Berman has also been an operative in the Democratic Party since the 1980s and has been a major player, along with Harold Ickes, in making the rules. And you must admit, Democratic rules seem to work far better than the Republican rules.
Stop smearing fellow Democrats. If Bernie wins the most votes and the most delegates, he will win over the most super delegates. Otherwise, he won’t. And if you’re going to smear someone, at least make sure they’re true and accurate.