Clinton/Obama feud comes down to a South Dakota Connection
The sharpest political snipes among the Democratic 2008 presidential hopefuls can be traced beyond media mogul David Geffen to a jailed man named Leonard Peltier.Read it all here.
Peltier, convicted of murder in 1977 for allegedly gunning down a pair of FBI agents in a shootout at South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, was one of the primary reasons cited by media mogul David Geffen for jumping ship from New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign in favor of fellow Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.
In 2001, Geffen, a key Democratic supporter with deep pockets and influence among Hollywood's elite, was one of many high-profile backers of a clemency campaign for Peltier, an American Indian activist, during the final days of Bill Clinton's presidency.
FBI supporters, however, fought back, launching an aggressive campaign of their own to keep a man who they believed killed two agents behind bars. Among their tactics were full-page newspaper ads and a march on the White House to influence Clinton's decision.
Ultimately, Peltier was left off a list of 140 people granted presidential pardons by Clinton during his second term.
Actually, it's also my understanding that former Governor Bill Janklow deserves significant credit at keeping this cop killer in jail. The story goes that Bill Clinton was going to do it until Janklow personally spent some time with him, showing him the file of how Peltier gunned down these agents, leaving widows and fatherless children in his wake.
To this day, after being tried and convicted by a jury of his peers, Peltier remains in Leavenworth where he belongs. We can only hope that those who we elect to the office of president have the sound wisdom and judgment to leave him there to serve out his sentence.
You can go here to learn more at the No Parole Peltier Association about what really happened.