Bill Clinton is in some hot, well at least warm, water for violating a Massachusetts state voting law that prohibits campaigning for or against a candidate and passing out materials within 150 feet of a polling place.
Bill Clinton and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh went inside a polling place in West Roxbury on Super Tuesday. They shook hands, took photos and even used a megaphone at one point to urge voters in the direction of Hillary.
Now, Bernie Sanders supporters are angry with Bill Clinton.
"I know it sometimes seems a little odd for someone running for president in these days, in this time, to say we need more love and kindness in America. But I’m telling you from the bottom of my heart we do. We do. We have so much to look forward to. There is no doubt in my mind that America’s best years can be ahead of us. We have got to believe that. We’ve got to work for that. We have to stand with each other. We have to hold each other up, lift each other up, move together into the future that we will make." –Hillary during her victory speech after winning the South Carolina primary
The petition read in part, “This is a call for the immediate arrest of President Bill Clinton for clear, knowing and egregious violation of the campaign laws to swing an election in a significant way.”
It continued, “Choosing the critical battleground state of Massachusetts, Bill Clinton should immediately be subject to arrest and prosecution.”
On Friday, the link to the petition leads (suspiciously, just sayin’) to an error message stating that the server is “misbehaving”.
However, should the petition gain 100,000 more signatures, it may not be successful.
For one thing, the petition is aimed at the wrong person. It is addressed to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, but she doesn’t handle voting violations. Those are handled by the Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin’s office.
Also, the fine is only $20. I think Bill Clinton can afford to get himself off the hook.
But, for petitioners, it is likely the principal at hand that is of utmost importance.
Bernie Sanders lost Massachusetts to Hillary Clinton and many of those voters could have been swayed by Bill Clinton’s celebrity presence.
What do you think about the call for Bill Clinton’s arrest and prosecution?