Hillary Aide Out Over Obama Drug Comments

Shaheen misstep forced personal apology from Clinton to rival
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2007 5:20 PM CST
Democratic Presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. arrives at the Des Moines Register Democratic Debate in Johnston, Iowa, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevin Sanders)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Bill Shaheen, Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire campaign co-chairman, resigned today over his remarks that rival Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s teenage drug use could leave him vulnerable to Republican attacks in a general election, the Boston Globe reports. Clinton apologized personally to Obama for Shaheen’s remarks at Reagan National Airport before they headed for today's debate in Iowa.

"I deeply regret my comments yesterday and say again that they were in no way authorized by Senator Clinton or the Clinton campaign … I made a mistake and in light of what happened, I have made the personal decision that I will step down as the co-chair of the Hillary for President campaign," Shaheen said in a statement.