On a conference call with bloggers this morning, Ambassador Joseph Wilson announced that he's backing Hillary Clinton for President:
"I'm delighted to fight the fight with her. ... The person who has always reached out to us has been Hillary. ... I think Hillary is a fighter. ... She is a wonderful individual. ... More diplomacy the better. There is no daylight between us on Iran."
To say that Joseph Wilson has been personally affected by the terrible mistakes of the Bush/Cheney era would be a big understatement. Valerie Plame's CIA career was shattered by the Bush administration, and Wilson and his wife were used as props when Bush/Cheney misled the nation into a misguided war.
The fact that Hillary offered the scoop to a group of bloggers demonstrates her continued efforts to engage with, support, and represent her crucial netroots constituency.
Blogger Taylor Marsh reported the news as follows:
A conference call announcing the endorsement of Hillary Clinton by Joseph Wilson was just held with bloggers to hear the breaking news. This is a huge deal for Candidate Clinton and a big endorsement for her candidacy. That it was broken on the blogs sends a powerful signal. I'll provide the transcript as soon as it is available.
Wilson has known Clinton for over a decade. He said she is not the aloof rock star that walks on stage, gives her speech, then walks off with her bodyguards without feeling or thought. "She's been a policy wonk since she was 21 and in school." Wilson believes Clinton is the one that understands the adversary we're all facing and will fight for us better than the rest of the field. "This is not a job interview," said Wilson, in response to the possibility of being in a Clinton administration.