Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Can't risk anti-Italian food vote

By Edward Copeland

In the latest bizarre, control freak move by the Clintons, they are threatening famed New York Italian restaurant Osso Bucco with legal action if they do not remove a photo of Chelsea Clinton that has hung there for years since the former president and N.Y. senator's daughter dined there. Apparently, they fear it could be perceived as an endorsement of the restaurant and they wouldn't want to alienate people with other dining preferences. Funny, I could have sworn Chelsea was an adult.

"I was surprised to get the letter because the picture has been there a few years," (Osso Buco proprietor Nino) Selimaj told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "She's eaten here a few times."

The letter came from Bill Clinton's office and was written by Clinton counselor Douglas J. Band. It read:

Chelsea "was not consulted prior to this picture being displayed, and thus, her permission was not given for you to do so. We reserve the right to exercise any and all options available to us if you refuse to comply."

For such slick campaigners, you'd think they'd realize that this sort of thing only makes them look even worse. Is there any wonder I fear what could happen if the Democrats make the mistake of nominating Hillary as their 2008 standard bearer?

"A photo of a celebrity in New York is as common as a hot dog vendor" (Selimaj) said.

As a result, Hillary already has lost one vote: Selimaj's.

"I am really heartbroken," Selimaj told New York Post's Page 6. "Until this morning, I would have voted for Hillary. Bill was my favorite president of all time... I really hope they will reconsider."

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