Tina Ward-Pugh told LEO’s Phillip Bailey that we mis-characterized what she had to say:
“It was taken out of context,” Ward-Pugh told me in an interview today at City Hall. She says her comments were mischaracterized by bloggers and that in the same interview she congratulated Sen. Obama and will not be supporting Sen. McCain. “I don’t think my comments that he has to earn my vote were controversial.”
Well, we’ve just gotta call bull when we see bull. We linked to a videotaped interview with Ward-Pugh so nothing was taken out of context. We stand by what we originally said (because we linked to the VIDEO) and still believe what she said about Barack Obama– after Hillary had already lost the election and after she’d already said she’d be endorsing Obama (which is happening in an hour at our most favorite place in D.C., the National Building Museum)– was wholly out of line for an elected Democratic leader.
We also agree that Tina is sucking on some sour grapes these days. Thanks to Phillip for summing our thoughts up exactly:
She feels it is unfair for the media to press supporters to walk away from Hillary before she officially concedes. But that seems like sour grapes considering a farewell letter written by Sen. Clinton and sent to her supporters…
Rick and I both have spoken with several prominent Democratic leaders who are Clinton supporters over the past couple days and all agree that saying:
“We’re gonna keep goin. She’s in it to win and I’m in it to win, too. “If you take both candidates and withdraw or remove all of the superdelegates from them, they’re almost in a virtial deadheat.
“There are lots of things that can happen between now and the convention. Things that don’t really have to be contentious. Things that just happen.
“He’s gonna have to do a lot to earn my vote. Um, and I’m just the tip of the iceberg.
“When you start uh pulling back the layers to try to find the substance underneath, um, those, uh, uh, um, that excitement and that energy, uh, I, I-I-I’m not convinced that that there’s enough there, that that it takes to lead this country.”
was DEFINITELY crossing the line and everyone we spoke with agreed that her words were a fancy pants way to say “emtpy suit,” just as Joe Arnold paraphrased. You can see exactly what she said above. It’s terribly damning and disappointing.
She also told Joe Arnold that she thinks Clinton will prevail at the Democratic National Convention– even though she’s already said she’s endorsing Obama. And told Joe that most superdelegates decided to back Obama before Clinton’s “big wins” and before he’s been vetted. That’s just plain vindictive and ignorant. So. She needs to stop backtracking, admit what she said, apologize and get the eff on with her career.
It’s interesting that Tina would tell a somewhat mainstream media outlet that we took her quote out of context but didn’t have the balls to say so when she responded directly to us.
How silly this whole thing has become. We understand Tina’s dedication to Hillary Clinton and also personally understand her disappointment in loss. But this is politics and the loser– especially in a primary– is supposed to move on and endorse their winning opponent without making disparaging and embarrassing remarks.