Puller Angry over Clinton Straw Poll Win
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) won a presidential straw poll Saturday night sponsored by the Mount Vernon District Democratic Committee in Fairfax County, but the results have left at least one supporter of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) bitter.
Clinton received 100 votes, compared to 80 for Obama. "We are thrilled by our growing support across Virginia," Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee said in a statement Saturday. "Northern Virginians are responding to Senator Clinton because they know she is the candidate most ready to lead from day one and who can best get our country back on the right track."
But at a press conference this morning to announce that 10 state senators are endorsing Obama, Sen. Linda T. "Toddy" Puller (D-Fairfax) accused the Clinton campaign of skewing the results by sending "young people" from Arlington to cast votes for Clinton.
"They were not from Mount Vernon, they were from Arlington," Puller said. "This type of behavior is why people, and, particularly young people, are turned off by politics as usual and why we they are demanding change."
The Clinton campaign was not immediately available for comment, but it's not unusual for campaigns to stack straw polls with their supporters. While such polls are usually meaningless in terms of broader public opinion, they can help gauge a campaign's organization skills.
But Puller was offended. "It's time to put an end to do-anything-to-win politics," she said.
Besides Puller, Obama was endorsed today by: Sens. Henry L. Marsh III and Donald A. McEachin, both of Richmond, Janet D. Howell of Fairfax, R. Edward Houck of Spotsylvania, L. Louise Lucas of Portsmouth ,John S. Edwards of Roanoke, Mark R. Herring of Loudoun, Mamie E. Locke of Hampton and Ralph Northam of Norfolk.
"This election is to important," said Lucas, who had been a Clinton supporter. "It is not enough to change the party in power in Washington, we also got to change the status quo."
February 4, 2008; 11:47 AM ET
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