Last month, the Democratic County Leader in the Bronx invited Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards to attend a June 8 forum at which the “Puerto Rican and Latino electorate” could be “informed of the policies set forth by the Democratic Party and its candidates.”
Today, organizers announced the Hillary will be attending the event — but in her capacity as the junior Senator from New York, not as a presidential candidate.
That’s because the event is not a presidential forum, but rather, a “community forum,” according to Frankie Miranda, vice president of external affairs for the Hispanic Federation, Inc., an umbrella organization of social service organizations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. He said that his group was asked to host the event by Rivera and had not invited any presidential candidates.
“It is not a debate or presidential platform,” he just told me. “We also invited Senator Schumer and Senator Menendez [of New Jersey] because of their work in the immigration field.”
So, what about those letters to Obama and Edwards?
“Maybe early in the process, I’m I’m not sure–but our involvement in this is as a community forum.”
UPDATE: A campaign spokesman reminded me that Clinton’s schedule on Friday is tentative because there may be votes taken in the Senate that day.