Stronger Together? Podesta Blasts Sid Blumenthal In Leaked Email

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Oct 14, 2016 7:30 AM
Stronger Together? Podesta Blasts Sid Blumenthal In Leaked Email

Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta blasted the Democratic candidate’s close confidant Sidney Blumenthal in a leaked May 2015 email exchange with a former Clinton staffer.

In the emails, Neera Tanden, Clinton’s former policy director for her 2008 campaign, told Podesta, “Sidney sure is the gift that keeps giving!”

“It always amazes me that people like Sid either completely lack self awareness or self respect. Maybe both,” Podesta responded. “Will you promise to shoot me if I ever end up like that?”

But that’s not the only time Podesta trashed Blumenthal.

Sidney Blumenthal was one of Hillary Clinton’s most prolific e-mailers during Benghazi, sending dozens of messages about the political situation in Libya before and after the attacks on the US compound.

But Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta called Blumenthal a crank in a new leaked e-mail that surfaced Thursday.

“Sid is lost in his own web of conspiracies,” Podesta wrote on Jan. 1, 2016 to liberal activist Brent Budowsky. “I pay zero attention to what he says.”

Budowsky had written Podesta that Clinton’s ties with Blumenthal gave him the “creeps.”

“Blumenthal did not have the slightest idea of what he was talking about in his girlie gossip with the secretary of state about this,” fumed Budowsky, a former aide to late Texas Sen. Lloyd Bentsen. “Why she places such great stock over so much time in these exchanges with Blumenthal is mystifying to me — and frankly troublesome.”

“This whole subject, to use vernacular, gives me the creeps. Secretaries of state, presidential candidates and presidents should not be spending their time on this kind of minor league stuff,” added Budowsky.

Stronger together.