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Clinton Adviser Charged With DWI in NH

The Associated Press
Saturday, January 12, 2008; 4:24 PM

NASHUA, N.H. -- A senior adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was arrested and charged with aggravated drunken driving a day before the New Hampshire primary.

Nashua police say Sidney Blumenthal was arrested early Monday morning after an officer pulled over a car traveling 70 mph in a 30 mph zone. Blumenthal, 59, is a journalist and former White House adviser to President Bill Clinton who is now serving as an unpaid adviser on Hillary Clinton's campaign.

"I asked if he was here with a campaign. He said he was here with Clinton," Sgt. Mike Masella, one of the arresting officers, told newsweek.com.

Masella said Blumenthal told him he got lost after leaving a restaurant in Manchester, about 20 miles away, to return to his hotel.

Smelling alcohol, officers said they administered a field sobriety test, which Blumenthal failed. Though Blumenthal declined to take a Breathalyzer test, he was arrested on a charge of aggravated drunken driving due to the speed, Masella said.

A handcuffed Blumenthal spent about four hours at a police station before being bailed out Monday morning, Masella said.

Blumenthal will be arraigned later this month.

His lawyer, Raymond Mello of Nashua, did not immediately respond to a message left at his office on Saturday morning. A Clinton campaign spokeswoman had no comment on the matter when reached Saturday.

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On January 13th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC), ms_demeanour commented:
This article annoys the shit out of me.

Mum and I were talking about it over coffee today and she said, "What the fuck does any of that have to do with Hilary Clinton?"

She went on to say that she'd love to represent him in Court.

I bloody well love my mum :)

~ A
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On January 13th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC), drugaddict replied:
he was my sister's boss at Salon.com

He is a brilliant Liberal writer

I have jumped ship for Obama
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