Roger Stone: Dems Knew About Harmonie Membership

Roger Stone doesn’t think much of the suggestion (based on my reading of a Weekly Standard story) that he had any role in drumming up a controversy over the fact that Eliot Spitzer’s father and MTA nominee Dale Hemmerdinger were members of the racially un-diverse Harmonie Club. Hemmerdinger’s membership became a contentious political issue after an angry letter from Democratic Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries.

Stone emails:

Azi
Just for the record, I never spoke to Hakim Jeffries, never spoke to his people and never asked anyone to speak to him. In fact, until I read the story I never heard of him.

He also said, “I admire what Jeffries did.”

In another email, Stone wrote:

Sure I knew about the Club and that ZUCKERMAN and BERNIE and HEMM where members-Ive lunched there with friends many times.

But I was NOT the ONLY one who knew. Many Dems knew and didnt like it. There is NO one on the membership Committee under 70. Younger members would like Diversity but the OLD BOYS wont hear of it.

All my info from 2 members…

And yes, the Zuckerman he’s referring to is Mort. In this New York Times story, Zuckerman said "I don’t just come here to play. I come to get my minimum daily requirement of kibitzing. I like to tease. I like to be teased.”

Article continues below
More from Politics
2. The general election. In November, whichever two candidates make it out of the gubernatorial primary will face off to become the next New Jersey governor. While Phil Murphy (pictured) is the presumed favorite in the race due to current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s dismal approval ratings tanking Republican credibility for many NJ voters, the results are still up in the air. Additionally, with 11 months until the race, there is still ample time for a dynamic shift that could leave another candidate at the top.
Murphy Batters Wisniewski at Monmouth Dems Convention