'Concerned Citizens' for Hillary?

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:26 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - "It wasn't true, it didn't happen and I'm not going to allow it to distract from the real issues of this campaign," Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday at a news conference in Albany, New York - referring to an anti-Semitic remark she reportedly made 26 years ago.

A new book claims Hillary let loose on her husband's campaign manager the night Bill Clinton lost his bid for a seat in the US House of Representatives in 1974. Her remark - as described by former campaign manager Paul Frey - has been the fodder of newspaper reports and talk radio since Sunday, when Hillary called a remarkable press conference at her home in Chappaqua, to deny making the alleged Jewish slur.

As talk continues to swirl about Hillary's temper, what she may or may not have said, and whether it really matters after all these years - her campaign just did something that's also raising eyebrows.

An e-mail message written by Karen Adler -- Hillary's point person on Jewish issues - urges members of Hillary's "Jewish Advisory Group" to pose as "concerned citizens" and call reporters who are covering the Senate race for Jewish newspapers.

The e-mail's subject line reads, "Rapid Response to Charges of Anti-Semitism." The text says, "It is important that you do not say you are calling because the campaign asked you to, but because you are outraged with what was said about her.

"The most important thing is to let them know that you know Hillary and you know that she would never make these kinds of anti-Semitic or racist comments."

The memo also includes a series of "talking points" to help Hillary's "concerned citizens" refute the allegation. During the Bill Clinton sex scandal, much was made of the fact that Monica Lewinsky offered her friend Linda Tripp "talking points" in a memo Lewinsky claimed to have written.

Wire services report that a spokeswoman for Hillary, when questioned about the "call reporters" memo, said only that the campaign was "gratified by the outpouring of support" they have received since the charge came to light.

A spokesman for Rep. Rick Lazio, Hillary's Republican challenger for the US Senate seat from New York, called the Clinton campaign memo "outrageous."

Dan McLagan is quoted as saying, "Her credibility has suffered irreparable damage today and increasingly, New Yorkers have to wonder if they can trust Hillary Clinton."