Hillary Clinton is losing some fundraisers to Joe Biden — and they aren’t all being quiet about it:
A few of the fundraisers have gone public with their presidential preference. Others have quietly decamped and signaled their intentions to the Draft Biden 2016 super PAC that is working to prod the vice president into the race for the White House.
“Instead of being ready for Hillary, we’re waiting for Joe,” said Bill Bartmann, the founder and chief executive of CFS2 Inc., and onetime donor to Mrs. Clinton’s friendly super PAC. Mr. Bartmann’s switch in allegiance prompted one Clinton campaign official to contact him and ask: “Why are you doing this?” he said.
Clinton fundraisers say they don’t expect many supporters to switch teams, should Mr. Biden enter the presidential primary race. Her campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Mr. Biden’s growing support base demonstrates the threat he could present in chipping away at Mrs. Clinton’s donor ranks, and her campaign is taking steps to stave off high-profile defections.
Taking steps, hmm?
I imagine those steps start at asking for a public pledge of support, and rising all the way to “Bill has photographs.” But money can’t buy you love, which is Hillary’s real deficit. That, and her comically expensive campaign.
She’s going to need to keep all the fundraisers she can.