- Hillary Clinton has angered Jewish voters in New York
and nationally with her controversial support of a Palestinian State, and
her startling embrace of Yasser Arafat's wife.
- Questions remain, and the debate intensifies, as to whether
she can win the crucial Jewish vote in New York as she wages a neck-and-neck
battle with Congressman Rick Lazio, who has made the Jewish question a
- Now, as the race comes down to the wire, a new book is
set to explore the first lady's feelings about Jews and anti-Semitic sentiments
held by certain Rodham family members.
- Biographer Jerry Oppenheimer's new book STATE OF A UNION:
INSIDE THE COMPLEX MARRIAGE OF BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON will not be released
by HARPERCOLLINS until Tuesday, but the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal:
- In one particularly shocking passage in the book, Oppenheimer
quotes a campaign official who describes an angry attack by Hillary in
which she screams at him, "You fucking Jew bastard!"
- Two sourced eyewitnesses confirmed to Oppenheimer that
they heard the verbal assault.
- [Sources tell DRUDGE that Dick Morris is not the campaign
- "One anti-Semitic slur slung in anger hardly defines
a person, and Hillary has always had a tendency when angry to go for the
gut," Oppenheimer writes.
- But, unfortunately, according to UNION, that was neither
the first nor the last time Hillary had used such a slur. And there is
a darker side to the story.
- In probing Rodham family roots, Oppenheimer writes that
Hillary paternal grandmother was known for her violent antipathy toward
Jews and Catholics, something Hillary's father heard while growing up.
- Oppenheimer discovered from family sources a vein of
anti-Semitism that was sparked after Hillary's maternal grandmother got
married for the second time to a Jew, a Chicago businessman named Max Rosenberg.
- According to the book, Hillary's mother, Dorothy Rodham,
held a life-long grudge against Rosenberg, and made Jewish slurs, according
to an on the record family member quoted by Oppenheimer.
- When asked about Hillary's Jewish connection and the
Rosenberg marriage, Hillary's brother, Tony, told Oppenheimer firmly, "It
was no big deal. In our family, with my brother, myself, my sister, my
mother, my father, we're not Jewish in any way, shape or form."
- The book, which ranked #5,360 on the AMAZON sales list
[7/14 12:00 ET], caused immediate anger inside of Hillary Clinton's campaign
- "This is malicious trash written by a former NATIONAL
ENQUIRER reporter!" one campaign staffer said after being read excerpts
from the book.
- "Oppenheimer's work came in well-sourced,"
countered a publishing insider. "His intense study of Hillary hurts,
cause it is factual."
- **Addition details from STATE OF A UNION will appear
Sunday on the DRUDGE REPORT.
- - Filed by Matt Drudge Reports are moved when circumstances
warrant http://www.drudgereport.com for updates (c)DRUDGE REPORT 2000
- Getting Rough: Hillary Clinton Is
Beginning To Feel The Pressure
- Book Lights Fuse Under Hillary's Jewish Vote
- By Tom Rhodes - New York
- A poll last week that put Hillary Clinton's support among
New York's Jewish voters at only 54% showed how much ground she had to
make up in her campaign for a Senate seat.
- The dispute that engulfed her yesterday over an anti-semitic
remark she was alleged to have made 26 years ago is certain to impede her
attempt to reach a traditional Democratic benchmark of 67%.
- Clinton can be under no illusions about the importance
of winning over New York's Jewish community, the largest in America. While
Jewish people make up 9% of the state's population, they go to the polls
in higher numbers than any other group, accounting for up to 30% of voters.The
accusation in a new book that she called one of her husband's aides a "Jew
bastard" - a remark that she vehemently denies making - may shatter
her hopes of opening up a clear lead over Rick Lazio, the Republican candidate,
who is running neck-and-neck with her in opinion surveys."That a liberal
Democratic candidate in New York can raise only 54% of the Jewish vote
is not pretty," said Eric Alterman, a Jewish commentator. "This
quote, accurate or not, is not going to help. Mrs Clinton's campaign is
in a lot of trouble."The claim that Clinton screamed abuse at the
manager of her husband's unsuccessful bid for Congress in 1974 is made
in State of a Union, to be published this week. Jerry Oppenheimer, the
author, says that during a row at the end of the campaign in Arkansas in
1974, Clinton called Paul Fray "you f****** Jew bastard".
- She describes the assertion as "an outrageous lie",
saying she has worked all her life to promote tolerance. "This never
happened," she said.However, Fray's wife, Mary-Lee, stood by the account
yesterday, saying: "It definitely happened."Although a Baptist,
Fray's father was Jewish. His wife said that good relations between the
couples had been soured for ever after that night. "Hillary's just
going to have to pay for the consequences of her actions," she said.
- According to the book, Clinton's paternal grandmother
was known for her vigorous antipathy towards Jews and Catholics. Her mother,
Dorothy Rodham, is said to have held a life-long grudge against a Jewish
family member she would regularly chastise.
- The Jewish community in New York, already sceptical of
Clinton because of her support for a Palestinian state, is bound to be
angered by the alleged comment.An early beneficiary could be Mark McMahon,
39, a British-educated doctor with a flourishing Manhattan practice who
is expected to enter the Senate race this week as an insurgent Democratic
candidate. He calls Clinton a carpetbagger.
- McMahon is a strong advocate of Israel who has already
gained powerful backing from the local Jewish lobby.
- "She has never realised how important Israel is
to so many New Yorkers," he said. "But this could be devastating."The
orthopaedic surgeon seems an unlikely opponent. A political novice who
learnt most of his tactics while studying government at the London School
of Economics, he placed himself on the ballot last week to contest the
Democratic nomination. His late entry to the race has provoked speculation
that he may undermine her chances of defeating Lazio, 42, in November's
election.Although McMahon has little hope of unseating her in a planned
primary contest in September, the ability of an unknown to rally support
for his candidacy was seen as humiliating to a sleek $10m campaign that
can count President Clinton as its chief adviser.McMahon said Clinton had
grandiose personal ambitions for the White House but no notion of the needs
of the state's 4.9m Democrats.
- "She's a carpetbagger and a dishonest one at that,"
said McMahon. "I'm a native New Yorker who cares deeply about the
issues in this state and I don't have her litany of negative baggage."McMahon
can only benefit from the increasingly negative campaign surrounding Clinton."People
in New York are not stupid," he said. "They understand when you
say one thing and do another. That's why more than 50% of registered Democrats
in this state don't think Hillary Clinton should be running here at all."When
questioned about McMahon, Clinton was non-committal: "We'll just have
to wait and see what happens."
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