Bill Clinton

Today, Wikileaks released a new batch of emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. While there is a treasure trove of new information, the first little nugget shows a growing concern for Bill Clinton and his perceived liability to the campaign due to his sexual indiscretions.

In the email Podesta remarks there are many people close to the Clinton’s who believe Bill will be damaging to the campaign. They also believe the less Bill Clinton is on the campaign trail, the better.

Podesta goes on to disagree with the assessment though.

Here is the full transcript:

I had a multi-email exchange with someone in the media this morning—a name you would know—who is telling me that there are people close to the Clintons who says WJC’s sex life could be damaging to her. I responded that I totally disagree with that, that WJC’s presidency and his personal appeal are huge assets and that I do not believe people who are the closest to the Clintons believe what this person in the media is hearing from somebody.

I never ask journalists about their sources. I know you would be among them. I also know that for some times there were people purportedly close to the Clintons pushing the line that the less WJC the better. Which again I have always strongly disagreed with and still do.

My point in this note is that whoever is peddling this crap from somewhere within the Clinton camp is having the effect of encouraging the media to give the issue more prominence. They are hurting both Clintons. I always stay out of intra-staff stuff like this, both Clinton’s would be well advised to advise the people in their orbit to shut the hell up about this. Even if I thought Bill Clinton was a liability I would never in a million years write it, or say it to the media, but I think he is a huge asset and I also think some of the people they pay do not perform a service to them.