May 23, 2016

Clinton Campaign Hires Surrogate Messaging Overseer One Week Too Late

Last week, former Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA), a major Hillary Clinton surrogate, told the Washington Post that Donald Trump would do poorly with women voters because there are “more ugly women in America than attractive women.”

Now this morning, Politico reports that the Clinton campaign is bringing on board a director of communications outreach whose job is to handle messaging for the Clinton’s massive surrogate operations:

“As a Clinton staffer, she will now oversee messaging for campaign surrogates, media figures, social media influencers and other allies as they prepare to define Trump ahead of the Republican National Convention and beyond.”


Ed Rendell has been the king of the surrogate foul-ups, and it looks like last week’s comments were the straw that broke the camel’s back for the Clinton campaign. His massive blunder last week is hardly the first time a Clinton surrogate has proved more of a headache than a help to the Clinton campaign. This hiring is overdue.

See below for some other Clinton surrogates who could have used messaging help before they started speaking for the Clinton campaign:

  • Rendell told Clinton to “turn down the rhetoric” against Sanders.
  • Rendell called Sanders supporters disrespectful.
  • Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told women supporting Bernie Sanders that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”
  • Gloria Steinem told Bill Maher that young women are supporting Sanders to meet “boys.”
  • Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm had no answer for why Clinton’s honest and trustworthy numbers were so awful.
  • Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean laughably claimed Clinton does not make decisions based on politics.