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Clinton Camp's Brown-Nosing Marathoner

Talk about going the extra mile for your boss (or just plain brown nosing her).

Phil Singer, a veteran congressional aide who is now spokesman for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, is raising money for the upcoming Marine Corps Marathon that he plans to run for the worthy cause of - get this - Hillary Clinton for President.

In the previous two marathons he ran, back when he worked for the senior senator from New York, Chuck Schumer, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Singer raised beaucoup bucks to fight Parkinson's disease, cancer and tuberous sclerosis. This time around, he's raising money to fight Barack Obama and John Edwards.

"Running a marathon is hard. So is running for president," Singer wrote in a recent email solicitation to friends. "That's why I'm dedicating my marathon effort to helping my boss - Hillary Clinton - raise money for her marathon effort to become the next President of the United States."

Kindly providing a link to a contribution page on Clinton's campaign Web site, Singer explained, "I'm hoping you'll help me do that by clicking here and giving $26.20 (think marathon!) to the Hillary Clinton campaign. What better way to help me run 26.2 miles :-) And in keeping with the theme of the marathon, I'm also hoping that you'll forward this email to 26.2 of your friends and urge them to give to our campaign."

Rest assured, a good percentage of Singer's 26.2 friends are giving him grief about his uncanny ability to suck up to the boss. He told us one of his colleagues wrote back saying, "Running a marathon is hard but not as hard as the amount of [ribbing] you're going to get for sending out that email!"

For historical context, Singer, 32, crossed the finish line of the 2003 New York City Marathon with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. (Singer beat Combs across the line, finishing in 4 hours, 5 minutes; He ran last year's Marine Corps Marathon in 3 hours, 37 minutes, but with no celebrity sightings.)

As for switching his marathon effort from helping cancer patients to helping Hillary, Singer quipped, "I guess you can say the Clinton campaign is literally running for change."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  September 5, 2007; 5:40 PM ET
 
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