A Democratic Assembly candidate in Manhattan is calling on Hillary Clinton to drop out of the presidential race.
“Be polite. Thank her for her efforts,” writes Paul Newell, who is running to unseat Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of Manhattan. "But ask her to gracefully bow out and return to representing the good people of New York in the Senate.”
Newell’s email to "New York Obama supporters," and his letter to Clinton are after the jump.
Here’s the email:
I think it’s time for us to start giving our junior Senator a call. Let’s let her know that the best thing for New York at this point is for her to preserve her relationship with the next President of the United States, Barack Obama. Her chance of pulling out a win is slim-to-none. Please call or email Senator Clinton and respectfully ask her to put the concerns of New York and the Democratic Party first. Be polite. Thank her for her efforts. But ask her to gracefully bow out and return to representing the good people of New York in the Senate.
Phone: (202) 224-4451 Email via webform: http://clinton.senate.gov/contact/webform.cfm
Below is what I sent her. Please feel free to "plagiarize" as much as you like.
Democrat for Assembly, 64th District
Newell’s letter to Clinton:
Thank you for your years of hard work representing New Yorkers. I have proudly voted for you twice. Thank you as well for your hard fought Presidential campaign. American democracy, and the Democratic Party in particular, require the dynamic exchange of ideas that this primary season has brought. It has been exciting and inspiring to have a woman and a New Yorker contest the Presidency so credibly. We are a stronger nation and party for your candidacy.
But that time has past. After Senator Obama’s 10 straight wins this month, no realistic path remains for you to win the nomination without thwarting the clearly expressed preference of Democratic primary voters. While it is clearly your "right" to continue this debate until the convention, as a New Yorker and a Democrat I ask you to withdraw.
The campaign has become increasingly negative. I fear that you are permanently damaging your relationship with Senator Obama, the likely nominee of our party, and the like next President of the United States. Poisoning this relationship will not only harm our party, but may harm New York State as well. It may also do harm to the goals of social justice and working families for which you have worked for so many years.
In light of that, I ask you to end your candidacy for President this week. I look forward to your continued representation in the Senate. Thank you.
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