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Bill Clinton Will Cross A Picket Line To Collect His Speaking Fees

Jim Burroway

February 13th, 2009

We asked yesterday whether Clinton will honor a boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, or speak before the International Franchise Association which is holding a convention at the hotel. The other alternative, of course, would be to move the venue for his talk as others have done.

The Manchester Hyatt boycott began when it was revealed that Doug Manchester contributed $125,000 to the Yes on 8 campaign to strip thousands of Californians of the right to marry. Manchester owns the Manchester Grand Hyatt as well as the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, which are also being boycotted. Yesterday, eight prominent supporters of organized labor and gay marriage released an open letter to Clinton requesting that he call off or move the speaking engagement.

But a spokesman for the former president said yesterday that Clinton will speak at the Hyatt. I wasn’t aware that franchisees were one of his favored causes. It can only be his exorbitant speaking fees. Money before principle.



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I expect nothing less from this spineless weasel.

Mad John
February 13th, 2009 | LINK

I think it’s hilarious that anyone ever entertained the notion he’d do the right thing.

Michael Ditto
February 13th, 2009 | LINK

Well it would run counter to his stated position against marriage equality to do otherwise.

Here’s what I think he should do: do the event, get paid, deduct what he needs to pay taxes, and give the remainder to the campaign to repeal Prop 8.

February 13th, 2009 | LINK

Money, Money, Money–Billary’s Honey! See my post below in the previous article.

John Ozed
February 13th, 2009 | LINK

I’ve never equated Bill Clinton with principals.

February 13th, 2009 | LINK

“I’ve never equated Bill Clinton with principals.”

Or principles! :-)

David Twombley
February 13th, 2009 | LINK

So… is there any site/place that we can, at least, make our displeasure with this known??

How true, that the Clinton Administration ‘threw us under the bus’; despite all the requests for $$ for Hillary, the DMC, etc., it still remains: No support, if it isn’t politically expedient… how sad, and how hypocritical.


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