A gunman walked into the office of the Arkansas Democratic Party yesterday asked for Bill Gwatney, a close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton and a Clinton super delegate at the upcoming convention in Denver and fatally shot Gwatney.
Timothy Dale Johnson, the gunman, sped off in a pickup and later was shot dead by police following a 30-mile chase.
UPDATE: Democratic Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Cleveland, a super delegate and one of Hillary Clinton’s most prominent black supporters, was found in her car unconscious Tuesday night, Aug. 19. Today, she is considered brain dead and may be taken off life support this afternoon.
UPDATE 8/21/08: There are conflicting reports out of Cleveland regarding Jones speeding, driving erratically and found dead in her car by police. Other reports state she was not speeding; yet another said she drifted into an open field. Reports differed greatly on her time of death. The cause of death was unanimous, a brain hemorrhage. Jones never regained consciousness to give her account.
Jones said in a phone interview earlier this year that Hillary Clinton still can do well in the black community in Ohio. “While a large number of black Ohioans might be for Obama, many also think that Clinton is the best Democratic candidate,” Jones said.
Now she will not be able to vote for Hillary.
What are the odds?
Jones was also outspoken on the new electronic Diebold voting machines and possible voter fraud in areas that use the devices.
Back to Johnson; Little Rock police said they could find no criminal record for Johnson, but the Target, 30 miles north of the city, fired him that morning because he’d scrawled graffiti on a store wall.
Some say it was simply a political statement.
Others have reported that he was angry with the HR department, complaining that Target was run by sorority girls who teamed up against men and him in particular.
Johnson had more than one run-in with the HR department. He complained about a narrow hallway and later wrote on the wall, “This hallway is too *** **** narrow! Other messages believed to be his said “HR is run by sorority ******.
But the Target manager would not confirm.
The victim, Gwatney, a former state senator, was set to travel to the Democratic National Convention in Denver later in a few days as a superdelegate for Sen. Clinton.
One source told The Post he had been “very good” to her during her presidential campaign.
In a statement, the Clintons called Gwatney “not only a strong chairman of Arkansas’ Democratic Party, but he is also a cherished friend and confidant.”
The office where the murder took place was the same one Bill Clinton rented when he made a comeback run for Arkansas governor in 1982.
Johnson walked in and asked to volunteer and wanted to talk to Gwatney.
Don’t drink the Kool Aid. Police reported Wednesday that they found about a pound of cyanide in a Denver hotel room, where the body of a man was discovered. Denver is the location of the Democratic Presidential Convention.
An expert told the Denver Post that the amount of cyanide is enough to kill hundreds of people.
The medical examiner’s office said it is awaiting test results to determine whether cyanide killed 29-year-old Saleman Abdirahman Dirie, a Samali national who recently moved to Canada.
Foul play is not suspected and his death appears to be an isolated incident, according to Denver police.
Foul play? An Islamic Samali national in Denver? So? All is well. Step away. Nothing to see here.
Meanwhile, the chief of staff for Democrat Senator Jim Webb was found shot to death.
Fred Hutchins, Jr., an aide to Sen. Jim Webb — and described as a “rising star” in Virginia Democratic politics — was found shot dead on Tuesday beside a Botetourt County road. A gun was found beneath his body but the medical examiner has not ruled it suicide or murder yet. He was 26 and a longtime political activist.
Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle said Hutchins’ body was found outside his SUV-type vehicle, on an embankment along U.S. 220 north of the town of Fincastle. He had a single gunshot wound in the head.