The Clinton campaign just released a statement arguing that the Obama campaign is exploiting a picture on Drudge of Barack Obama wearing traditional Somali clothing to distract voters from “serious issues”
In Drudge’s post, which is currently leading his site, he says that the photo was secretly circulated by Clinton staffers, a claim that Obama campaign manager David Plouffe gave credence to and jumped on, releasing a statement calling it “the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election.”
Here’s a response from Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams:
“If Barack Obama’s campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely.
“This is nothing more than an obvious and transparent attempt to distract from the serious issues confronting our country today and to attempt to create the very divisions they claim to decry.
“We will not be distracted.”
That still leaves unanswered Drudge’s accusation, picked up by Plouffe, that the Clinton campaign leaked the photo. I’m waiting to hear back from the campaign on that.