Their close meeting took place on Wednesday when the two Democrats headed to the historic Grant Avenue in San Francisco where they took shelter in the homey Red Blossom Tea Co. teahouse.
Ed Lee, who expressed his endorsement of Mrs. Clinton’s bid for the 2016 presidential run, stated that their meeting was a pleasurable one, albeit discussing problems that San Francisco is facing. Among the topics reached at the hourly meeting, housing, homelessness and job growth made the list.
The crowd of people gathered outside, as well as reporters witnessed a relaxed, warm discussion between Mrs. Clinton and Mayor Ed Lee. The latter stated for the press that:
“She was asking me about … all the challenges of being a vibrant city. I got a chance to talk to her about tech companies, trying to work on getting people jobs”.
However, the short break that Hillary Clinton took from her scheduled exclusive fundraising events was heavily criticized by Republican opponents. This short meeting was regarder as an attempt to reach out to constituency in what has so far been labeled as an exclusivist, out of touch start of her campaign.
Critics of Mrs. Clinton, coming mainly from the GOP camp are looking to make sense of the credibility the contender for the presidential elections may present to the public. So far, they say, everything that was on display was a walling behind fundraiser, a deafening silence in relation to the recent scandals and no address to the those that she claims she will represent.
Politics is controversy at its best, but could the critics be right?
Last week two major scandals errupted in the press and held the headlines. Mrs. Clinton’s emails made the subject of one, while the foreign donations infused in the Clinton foundation held the helms of the second. Hillary Clinton had little to say on both, her comments having been scarce and restricted. Notably, former President Bill Clinton made a number of appearances in the press to diffuse the funds scandal. Could it be that Mrs. Hillary Clinton is simply trying to keep away from all smearing attempts?
In any case, it is this lack of implication that the GOP critics are going after in an attempt to portray the former Secretary of State as indifferent towards her constituency.
Even the meeting with the San Francisco mayor came shortly after the “Conversation with Hillary” fundraiser in the San Francisco home of billionaire Democratic activist Tom Steyer. An impressive number of other fundraisers are on scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
Hollywood and then the Bay Area again will be the settings of the closed doors events aimed at building Hillary Clinton’s donor base. Resounding names are the hosts of the events, among them eBay CEO John Donahoe and his wife Eileen, a former UNHRC ambassador.
With her agenda stacked up on meetings with possible donors, Hillary Clinton seems to have little time to talk to her possible constituency and to address the real problems their communities are facing.
As to the San Francisco meeting with mayor Ed Lee, supporter bases are split. While some of those present at the scene were delighted to have met Mrs. Clinton, some others have argued that come the presidential elections, all Democrats will be swept away by their GOP peers.
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