Palin sought alliance with Hilary

May 19th, 2009 - 5:22 pm ICT by ANI  

Sarah Palin Washington, May 19 (ANI): A Democratic donor and Sarah Palin’s friend has tried to forge an alliance between the Alaska Governor and US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

John Coale, a wealthy trial attorney and the husband of Fox News talk show host Greta Van Susteren, urged Palin to use her political action committee to help retire the presidential campaign debt of the former first lady.

According to the Palin camp insiders, Coale’s broader aim was to help Palin develop a relationship with Clintons that he thought could bolster the polarizing governor’s standing with Democrats and independents.

Palin was open to getting acquainted with the Clintons but was skeptical of using her PAC to help Hilary.

“While we appreciate your efforts and recognize that a friendship with the Clintons is appropriate, the governor believes (and I concur) that using SarahPAC to pay down Hillary’s debt is not a prudent use of the money,” Stapleton wrote to Coale in her February 17 e-mail, a few days after he made his pitch to the governor.

“Contributors who chose between heating their homes and sending in a contribution because they believe in Sarah would be crushed,” the Politico quoted her, as saying.

Coale noted that the PAC could give only 5,000 dollars to help with Clinton’s debt, a modest sum, given the former first lady’s two-million-dolars-plus campaign debt.

Former President Bill Clinton placed a friendly call to Palin after the election, and Coale sought to use that as an opportunity to play matchmaker.

He tried to set up a visit between Bill Clinton and Palin in Alaska earlier this year, but Clinton wound up traveling there through Europe.

Clinton’s spokesman Matt McKenna rejected Coale’s claims that the former president and Palin get together. (ANI)

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