Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta lamented that the campaign needed endorsements from “needy Latinos” and called a former Hispanic governor “a dick,” according to newly released hacked emails.
Podesta laid out an endorsement strategy for Clinton’s presidential campaign in an email to the candidate on August 21, 2015.
“A few calls you might consider making,” Podesta wrote to Clinton in an email with the subject line “Needy Latinos and 1 easy call.”
The first suggestion was to call Federico Peña, the first Hispanic mayor of Denver, Colorado, who later served as secretary of transportation and secretary of energy under President Bill Clinton.
“Ken Salazar who has been an absolute trooper really wants to get Fedrico [sic] Pena on board,” Podesta wrote. “I talked to Pena early, before March and he hemmed and hawed.”
Salazar was secretary of the interior under President Obama and a Democratic senator from Colorado. He is now running Clinton’s transition team.