Friday, February 03, 2006


Bob Casey, Sr., a Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, was not allowed to speak at the 1992 Democratic Convention because he wanted to deliver a pro-life speech

Hillary Clinton is all over the political map. She has had to placate rabid left-wing activists who demand strict adherence to their policy views. But, she has also tried to strike a moderate tone in order to establish a beachhead in mainstream America when she runs for president. Her latest effort to appear as a moderate is evidenced by her donation of $10,000 to Bob Casey, Jr's campaign against Rick Santorum for senator of Pennsylvania.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton — who supports abortion rights and is the darling of pro-choice women's groups — gave $10,000 to a staunchly right-to-life candidate in Pennsylvania, The Post has learned. Clinton ponied up the maximum donation allowed under the law to Democratic Senate hopeful Bob Casey, even though he has been skewered by pro-choice groups for his anti-abortion position.

It was the largest donation Clinton gave to any politician in 2005 and was made by her political action committee, HillPAC, records show.

The National Organization for Women and Emily's List — influential groups Clinton wants in her camp for her Senate race this year and possible White House bid in 2008 — are so anti-Casey, they've got an online petition calling on Democratic leaders to scuttle his bid.

The groups blasted Casey as "Republican-lite on women's issues," and slammed his candidacy as a "calculated effort by party leaders to build a so-called 'bigger tent' at the expense of women's rights." [NYP]

But, Clinton and her husband weren't always so kind to the Casey family. Do you remember how the Clintons didn't care about pro-life Catholics in 1992? Casey was not allowed to speak at the convention because he wanted to give a speech advocating the pro-life position.

Bob Casey Sr. -- "the real Bob Casey," as he came to be known in his campaigns -- had a long and sometimes-contentious political career. But in his autobiography, "Fighting for Life," few episodes are as charged with rancor as the events surrounding the convention that nominated President Clinton.

Earlier that summer, Casey had pressed the Democrats' platform committee for some gesture of acceptance toward his pro-life views. As the New York gathering approached, he wrote to Ron Brown, then the Democratic chairman, requesting a convention slot.

According to "Fighting for Life," he got no answer. A letter to Texas Gov. Ann Richards, the convention chair, was similarly ignored.

"For the first time in my life, I felt a sense of total estrangement from my party," wrote Casey, who sprang from a family of congenital Democrats from the hard coal seams of Scranton.

"I wasn't looking to stir up rancor," Casey wrote. "All I wanted was a chance to speak to offer a strong dissent based on the party's historic commitment to protecting the powerless."

Casey recalled bitterly that buttons depicting him as the Pope appeared on the convention floor. "To me, it was simply a case of anti-Catholic bigotry," he wrote. [PPG]

Then again, when Hillary is involved remember the axiom "the enemy of my enemy is my friend."

Clinton's relationship with Santorum turned frosty when he wrote the book "It Takes a Family" as a conservative rebuttal to her tome, "It Takes a Village." [NYP]


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Silenced in '92, late Gov. Casey to get center stage


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