In an email sent on April 22, 2015, Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s speechwriter Josh Schwerin informed the campaign’s rapid response team about a story from The Associated Press concerning the citation of Texas Sen. Rand Paul’s son.
Apparently, the senator’s son had been cited for driving under the influence, and Clinton’s team wanted to archive this story so that it could be used for a future attack.
“Worthwhile nugget to save next time he attacks someone in HRC’s family,” Clinton campaign spokesman Jesse Ferguson wrote back, highlighting a quote from the piece revealing that Sen. Paul was unwilling to “comment on any private matters in regards to his family.”
Take a look at the full email below, which was published this week by WikiLeaks:
It was not clear whether the campaign ever used the story to attack Sen. Paul, though a cursory search through Google brought up only one example of him going after Clinton’s family — namely her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
Specifically, during a GOP primary debate in January, the senator used Clinton’s past infidelities and allegations of sexual assault to question the Democrat nominee’s position on women’s rights.
“I do think her position as promoting women’s rights and fairness to women in the workplace, that if Bill Clinton did, any CEO in our country did with an intern … in their office, they would be fired,” he said, referencing the then-president’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, as reported by The Hill.
“She can’t be a champion of women’s rights at the same time she’s got this that is always lurking out there, this type of behavior, so it’s difficult,” he added.
Despite this attack, no evidence could be found showing that the campaign had ever actually used the story about Rand’s son to attack him, probably because he dropped out of the Republican primary before it would have been useful.
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H/T The Daily Caller