Summer means it's wedding season, and in Washington that means plenty of potential for conflicts of interest. Consider the wedding of one Hillary Clinton aide, attended by several members of the national political press covering Clinton and her rivals for the White House.
Adam Parkhomenko, the director for grassroots engagement for Clinton's presidential campaign and a co-founder of Ready for Hillary, married former Ready for Hillary staff member (and former Redskins cheerleader) Kirby Hoag on Saturday. Among those celebrating with the happy couple were a number of print and television journalists. Democratic operative and Ready for Hillary staffer Seth Bringman tweeted a photo of these journalists with the message "Press scrum!!" and the hashtag "#OTR," which stands for "off the record." Here's the tweet:
Several of the journalists in attendance cover either Clinton or the Republican candidates for president regularly. Merica and Keilar, both of CNN, both say they are "covering Hillary Clinton" in their Twitter profiles. (On the night of the wedding, in fact, Merica reported on Twitter on a statement from a "Clinton campaign spokesman" on the Confederate battle flag.) Killough, also of CNN, says she covers the Republican primary campaign. Seitz-Wald of MSNBC also covers Clinton for his network, while Rucker is the Post's national political correspondent and files stories on both the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries. Parnes, meanwhile, is the co-author of a book about Clinton's term as secretary of state, titled HRC.
The commingling of political journalists and campaign staff at weddings isn't limited to Clinton. Rucker recently attended the wedding of a former aide to Republican Mitt Romney, though Romney is not currently running for office.
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker leads an early poll of New Hampshire Republican primary voters, NH1 reports:
According to an NH1 Pulse Poll released Wednesday, Walker has the backing of 21.2% of those who say they're likely to vote in next year's GOP presidential primary. The automated survey indicates Jeb Bush in second place, with 14.4% saying they'd support the former two-term Florida governor if the Feb. 9, 2016 primary was held now.
Meet the real Mitt Romney. The Mitt Romney you thought you knew from 2012, from 2008, from his tenure as governor of Massachusetts, from his run for the Senate against Teddy Kennedy—those versions of Mitt Romney were the constructs of political consultants, artifices designed to win elections but nowhere near the real Mitt Romney.
Having followed Romney around in both 2008 and 2012, I was always convinced that the odds of him running in 2016 were high. For one thing, the man has a decades-long history of running for office, over and over, even after voters reject him. He’s a career politician without a “career” in politics. (He was an active governor of Massachusetts just long enough to build Romneycare, and after that he spent the rest of his term preparing for his first presidential bid.) He has never in his life—not once—shown a willingness to take “no” for an answer from the electorate.
A press release tonight announces the beginning of Ready for Romney, a new super PAC encouraging Mitt Romney to run for president of the United States.
"On Sunday, supporters of Mitt Romney filed the appropriate paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission to establish a 'Super PAC' with the goal of urging Mitt Romney for [sic] run for the presidency in 2016," reads the press release.