“Look, I’m a woman!” campaign strategy may not be working
Hillary is putting the majority of her campaign eggs in one basket, and that may prove to be a mistake. As I’ve noted previously, she is banking on her potentially historic role as the first woman president to clear the way for the nomination. Indeed, when asked about her achievements, her supporters can’t name any and fall back on the fact that she’s a woman (and a Democrat).
Running on her gender is proving more challenging than her team supposed. Unable to attract a measly 125 women to her recent “women only” event, Team Hillary decided to allow men to attend. The New York Post reports:
Hillary Clinton had trouble attracting high-powered women to a New York talk hosted by Silda Wall Spitzer two weeks before her campaign officially kicks off. Sources said that after ticket sales fizzled for an intimate, $2,700-per-person, “just for women” meeting on Monday, the event was thrown open to men at the 11th hour, and the deadline extended to buy tickets.
The “Conversation With Hillary Clinton” event at Midtown law firm Akin Gump was originally aiming to attract 125 women. An email invitation seen by Page Six said the event is “just for women.” But by Friday, “They’d only sold 50 tickets, so they threw it open to men,” a source said. “Ticket sales were supposed to close at 10 a.m. Sunday, but the hostesses were working the phones and pushed the deadline till Monday.”
We hear about 90 attendees included former Bill Clinton aide Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and his husband, Randy Florke, Maurice Tempelsman, Jill Braufman (wife of hedge funder Daniel Nir), Jean Shafiroff and Susan Cole. The event began at noon, but Clinton arrived at 1 p.m. in “a royal blue jacket and black pants.” She then took pictures with donors and delivered a half-hour speech before leaving at about 2 p.m.
That she can’t attract 125 wealthy female liberals in Manhattan is note-worthy, and one can’t help but wonder if the various scandals involving her email and Clinton Foundation payola are taking their toll.
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