Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is sliding faster in the polls than a fireman sliding down one in this election 2016. She presently faces serious trust issues with potential voters, an investigation of her past State Department emails and private server, as well as a new FBI investigation into improprieties in the multi-million dollar Clinton Foundation.
That is enough grief to last a presidential candidate’s shelf expectancy and then some. But now it is revealed that key Democratic players are worried that the former secretary of state’s close confidant and political ally, David Brock, may be inadvertently destroying Hillary’s image and seriously damaging her chances to win the presidency, it was reported in The Hill Thursday.
It is also circulating throughout Washington political circles that the leading figure in the Democracy Alliance, wants Brock put “back in the can.” The Democracy Alliance is the equivalent of the Koch brothers in the campaign donations department; that is, extremely important to Hillary’s political lifeline.
According to a decades-long Clinton fundraiser, Bill Brandt, an Illinois-based businessman and personal friend to both Clinton’s, chimed in on the Brock situation. He said recently, “David is well meaning but I think perhaps like a zealot. He should keep it in check a bit. I don’t think this need to be about tearing Bernie down. It’s getting nasty and it doesn’t need to be.”
Hillary Clinton cannot afford an eruption in her base of big finance contributors. Having Brock on the front line of her campaign has become embarrassing with his bull in the china shop actions. For instance, one comment he made raised eyebrows questioning Clinton opponent Bernie Sander’s health. It was offensive to many that hold the 74-year-old senator as a victim of Hillary’s rhetoric and outright lies.
Ironically, while the Clinton campaign attempts to raise concern about Sander’s supposed health issues, it leaves Hillary extremely vulnerable given attempts by conservatives to portray her as being in fragile health. Those “fears” were magnified recently when the former secretary of state was giving a speech in New York and erupted in a three-minute coughing attack.
Brock‘s “Chicago campaign tactics” have angered another important cog in the Hillary machine. Guy Cecil, who runs Priorities USA Action, the main super-PAC supporting the former secretary of State, has put the pressure on to dump Brock from the campaign. When approached concerning his private comments, Cecil responded through a spokesman. “Someone needs to find a new tree to bark up because Priorities has a great working relationship with American Bridge and David is a valued member of our Board,” Cecil said in the statement. He was referring to American Bridge 21st Century, a super-PAC founded by none other than David Brock in 2010.
Clinton donors, allied strategists and fundraisers also realize that Brock’s zealous behavior needs to be weighed against his considerable value. Those that matter most in the Clinton campaign are very aware of Brock’s prolific fundraising, skilled communicator as well as skilled opposition researcher. Tony Podesta, the chairman of Podesta Group, a top lobbying firm he co-founded with his brother John, Clinton’s campaign chair said of Brock, “He’s always been a controversial character and people grouse about him, but he produces great research, so there’s a balance. He’s very effective and he now and then swings and misses. So I mean he doesn’t hit a home run every time but that would be true of Babe Ruth.”
Nevertheless, it is assumed that Brock will remain one of Clinton’s key allies in 2016. He is not without his own supporters which include high-profile defenders and some major super-PAC donors who may not like his methods, but concede he is the only man to play that role for Clinton.