Contrary to the insistence of their respective publicists, it looks like the gloves are off between former President Bill Clinton and his longtime political supporter and good friend, supermarket magnate Ron Burkle.
Less than a week after The Huffington Post first reported that the former President was severing his business ties with the California billionaire, Radar Magazine has published a derisive rogue's gallery Tuesday of what it called the "Funky All-Stars" of the Clinton years.
Although Yusef Jackson - son of Jesse Jackson, and noted HillRaiser - is the Chairman of Radar's publishing company, Integrity Multimedia, it is widely known that Burkle is the money behind the operation. A former adviser to Yusef Jackson confirmed Burkle's financial role to The Huffington Post.
Spokespersons for both Clinton and Burkle denied there was any bad blood between the two when The Huffington Post broke the news of their business separation last week.
The Clinton kiss-off dredges up all of the most sordid tales and colorful characters from Bill's years in the White House, from Gennifer Flowers to Linda Tripp and asks, "where are they now?"
Beneath a less-than-flattering photo of Hillary's brother Hugh Rodham, Radar's Amber Sutherland writes that Rodham "couldn't capitalize on the Billary machine well enough to win the senate seat in Florida." Rodham's radio show "was a bomb," she continues, and he later was caught "essentially selling presidential pardons."
Readers are also reminded that Hillary's other brother, Tony Rodham, is "a college dropout who went on to work as a repo man in the Chicago projects" and who later "became a friend and admirer of human-rights-violating, lesbian-daughter-disowning Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen." Radar also chides Tony Rodham for his own involvement in seeking presidential pardons for friends.
Sutherland's piece revisits not one but three different women who claimed romantic relationships with the former president: Flowers, Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones.
Flowers, we are told, is the "trailblazer in Clinton affair claims," while Willey is the woman who was supposedly flirting with the President while her husband lay dead in the woods. For good measure, Sutherland recounts Jones as the Penthouse-posing, Tonya Harding-fighting, "trailer park trash" who earned an $850,000 sexual harassment settlement from Clinton.
Digging deeper into Clinton-era controversies, Radar dredges up Barbara Feinman, Hillary's first ghost writer who Sutherland subtly implies was driven mad by her work with the former First Lady; and Susan McDougal, who "made the mistake of going into business with Bill and Hillary in the '70s and '80s." Sutherland writes that McDougal later went to prison over fraud convictions associated with the business deals, and in case anyone had forgotten, was pardoned by Clinton in 2001.
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