Did former President Bill Clinton violate Massachusetts state law on Super Tuesday? That’s the claim of at least one online petition, which is calling for Clinton to face charges.
“This is a call for the immediate arrest of President Bill Clinton for clear, knowing and egregious violation of the campaign laws to swing an election in a significant way,” says the Change.org petition, which racked up more than 65,000 signatures within 24 hours.
The problem stems from Clinton’s activities on Tuesday night. In support of his wife, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, the former president visited polling stations in Boston and Newton, shaking hands and taking photos with voters as they lined up to cast their ballots. According to several reports, Clinton went inside the Boston location, possibly in violation of electioneering laws. Massachusetts law states:
No person shall solicit votes for or against, or otherwise promote or oppose, any person or political party or position on a ballot question, to be voted on at the current election within 150 feet of a polling place.
A spokesman for the Massachusetts secretary of state said that the allegations had little merit. “No one was prevented from voting,” said spokesman Brian McNiff. “The city and voters were notified well in advance of the event.”
But the secretary himself, Willian Galvin, admitted to the New York Times that Clinton may have overstepped his bounds. “We had to remind some of our poll workers that even a president can’t go inside and work a polling place,” he said. “We just took the extra precaution of telling them because this is not a usual occurrence. You don’t usually get a president doing this.”
There’s a greater chance of Bill Clinton jumping in the race and campaigning against his wife than there is of him being arrested by Massachusetts authorities, but this is just one more example of a couple that has a palpable disdain for the law. And while this petition is being driven by Bernie Sanders supporters who feel jilted by election results that don’t match their online enthusiasm for the Vermont senator, it doesn’t change the fact that Clinton did indeed violate the law.
But when it comes to the Clintons, the regular rules simply don’t apply. It’s one scandal after another. Their arrogance is legendary, and their ability to consistently elude prosecution is nothing short of miraculous. Political ideology aside, do the American people really want the presidency tarnished again by their wanton disregard for the law?