NASHUA - 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.
Police say Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime friend and adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton, was arrested early Monday after an officer pulled over a car traveling 70 miles per hour in a 30-mile-per-hour zone.
Police say the driver was 59-year-old Blumenthal, a journalist and former White House adviser to President Clinton, who is now serving as an unpaid senior adviser on Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Sergeant Mike Masella, one of the arresting officers, said Blumenthal told him he had gotten lost after leaving a restaurant in Manchester, about 20 miles away, while trying 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.
Nebraskas Senator Nelson gives backing to Obama
OMAHA Barack Obama won the endorsement yesterday of Senator Ben Nelson, a popular moderate in largely Republican Nebraska who said he believes Obama has the ability to bridge the partisan divide and to carry Democratic candidates across the country to victory in 2008.
Nelson, pledging his support for his Illinois colleague, said Obama has the greatest potential to ending the bitterness and poisonous atmosphere in Washington.
He said Obamas victory speech after winning Iowas Jan. 3 caucuses was an effort to reach out to Democrats, independents, and enlightened Republicans, and that Obamas campaign epitomizes what Nelson has tried to do
Nebraska Democrats will choose a presidential candidate Feb. 9.
McCain wins endorsement of largest newspaper in S.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C. South Carolinas largest newspaper yesterday endorsed John McCain in the states Republican primary.
The States editorial board wrote on the newspapers website that its choice in the Jan. 19 GOP primary boiled down to McCain or Mike Huckabee.
It said former Arkansas governor Huckabee was an exciting newcomer who shows a wonderful ability to connect with voters concerns, and Republicans could
do far worse than to choose him. But his utter lack of knowledge of foreign affairs is unsettling.
Arizona Senator McCain, on the other hand, has the necessary experience, not just in time served, but in the quality of understanding he exhibits across the board, the paper said.
Brad Warthen, The States editorial page editor, said on his blog yesterday that the paper should have done the same thing in 2000 when McCain faced George Bush in the primary. This time, weve done the right thing, Warthen wrote.