Hillary Clinton will whip up a “Women for Terry” crowd for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Saturday.
As if there were any doubt, the Democrats’ 2016 presumptive presidential hopeful plans to deliver her “formal endorsement” at the State Theatre in Falls Church.
One Virginian who won’t be among the adoring throng is Kathleen Willey, the White House volunteer who alleged she was groped and fondled by then-President Bill Clinton in 1993.
Willey finds the Terry-Hillary hookup ironic as Democrats pound the Republican Party’s reputed “War on Women.”
“Hillary is the war on women. She goes after any women who crossed her husband’s path. Why people don’t notice that is beyond me,” Willey told Watchdog.org from her suburban Richmond home.
Still bitter two decades after her run-in at the White House, the native Virginian says, “I’ve gotten no help from women’s groups. It comes down to one thing for them: abortion.”
Gloria Steinem publicly defended Clinton at the time, saying his treatment of Willey — even if Willey was telling he truth — did not amount to sexual harassment, let alone sexual battery.
“(Willey) pushed him away,” Steinem said, “and it never happened again.” At least not to Willey.
During the Willey incident, and amid a series of what White House insiders called “bimbo eruptions,” McAuliffe remained a close Clinton confidant. He stayed loyal during the subsequent investigation by Kenneth Starr and the president’s impeachment by the House of Representatives.
“One of the few people the president spoke with regularly was Terry McAuliffe, the chief fund-raiser for the Democrats,” Bob Woodward wrote in the Washington Post.
“The first cheerleader, McAuliffe tried to keep Clinton in a fighting mood. ‘I’m with you,’ he said in a phone conversation. ‘People support you, love you, sir. We’re going to get through this,’” Woodward wrote.
Twenty years on, it’s McAuliffe’s turn to embrace Hillary – and vice versa.