Clinton Broke Law With Campaign Stops, Speeches

Give the Clintons credit -- they know how to walk right up to the line of what's acceptable to get their way.

On March 1, also known as Super Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton zigzagged across Massachusetts campaigning for his wife by working polling locations, delivering speeches and blocking voters from getting inside polling stations with his entourage and Secret Service detail.

In New Bedford, locals were cordoned off behind police tape, and the parking lot was inaccessible to voters while Clinton delivered a speech via megaphone. It was indistinguishable from a rally, with rows of awed voters holding up smartphones to film the former president and interrupting his speech every few seconds to cheer.

The former president not only had the blessing of the town's mayor, Jon Mitchell, but Mitchell himself was stumping for the Clintons, telling voters that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton spent some of her “formative years just a few blocks from here," according to a video of the speech posted to YouTube on March 1.

“Let’s do our part to get her over the hump now!,” Mitchell told the crowd through a megaphone.

In Newtown, former President Clinton walked into a local library where voters were picking their primary candidate. In Roxbury he strolled into a school gymnasium with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in tow, Boston Magazine reports.

Hillary won the state by the slimmest of leads on Super Tuesday, earning 45 Massachusetts delegates to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont's 43.

A representative for the Massachusetts Secretary of State, William F. Galvin, confirmed to Inquisitr that Galvin's office received complaints from voters in New Bedford, who were blocked from voting for hours because of the former president's presence and safety detail.

Galvin told The New York Times his office began to call ahead to polling places the former president planned to visit. Galvin reminded them that Mr. Clinton couldn't campaign within 150 feet of a polling location or approach voters under the law, and that allowing a media pack inside a polling place is a violation of voter privacy.

“We had to remind some of our poll workers that even a president can’t go inside and work a polling place,” Galvin told The New York Times.

“He can go in, but he can’t approach voters," Galvin 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.”

During his stops, the former president was up to his old Bubba Clinton antics, kissing people, posing for photographs, signing campaign placards and telling voters how brave they are for voting for his wife.

Mr. Clinton should face repercussions for blocking access to polls and clearly campaigning inside and in front of polling places. On March 4, less than three days after it was posted, a Change.org petition asking for his arrest received more than 100,000 signatures.

Of course, the Clintons will get away with their Super Tuesday shenanigans. Like those Geico commercials say, "It's what they do."

They know how to bend the rules. In this case they bent them just enough for Hillary so, in Mitchell's words, they could "get her over the hump" and eke out a narrow victory over Sanders.

For his part, the former president said he entered several polling stations simply to thank volunteers, as if he does that every time there's an election or a primary. But the Clintons are smart, and they know some voters can be swayed by the sight of one of the country's most famous and instantly recognizable individuals.

When asked by reporters whether Clinton's appearance violated election rules, state spokesman Brian McNiff stated the obvious.

“He’s a well known person, and he’s a spouse of a candidate," McNiff said. "That should answer the question.”

Sources: New York Times, Change.org, CNBC, WFHN/YouTube, Inquisitr, Boston Magazine / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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