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Former Suffolk lawmaker Jon Cooper 'back on the fence' about Hillary Clinton

Jon Cooper, a former Suffolk County legislator, says

Jon Cooper, a former Suffolk County legislator, says he's currently on the fence about Hillary Rodham Clinton running for president. “I really am trying to get passionate about Hillary, try to recapture some of what I felt for Obama back in 2008. It’s just not happening,” he says. Photo Credit: Spectronics Corporation

WASHINGTON - Jon Cooper called Friday to talk about what he thinks about the Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton: “I’m back on the fence.”

Cooper — a businessman, gay rights advocate and former Suffolk County legislator — responded with a “meh” in Newsday’s article about Clinton’s presidential campaign announcement on April 12.

Yet Cooper texted later that day to say, “Well, ‘meh’ or not, guess who just agreed to sign up as a ‘Hillstarter’ (i.e., commit to raise $27K in the next 30 days)? All it took was a call from an old friend of mine from the Obama campaign, who’s now Hillary’s NY Finance Co-Director. LOL!”

Then when he sat down to draft the email to start the money rolling in, he said he just couldn’t figure out what to say.

“I was trying to figure how I word this email to 10,000 contacts,” Cooper said. “As a progressive, I was trying to think how I could justify this to my friends, my supporters?”

He ticked off issues on the progressive agenda and wondered where she stood.

Cooper said he is worried the Clinton campaign has not mounted a major pushback to a New York Times article linking contributions to what was then Bill Clinton’s foundation and the sale of uranium interests to a Russian company.

Around midnight last night Cooper sat down and wrote a post for his Facebook page:

“Full disclosure: I was asked a couple of weeks ago by Hillary’s campaign to be a “Hillstarter” (i.e., a bundler) for Hillary for America. Although I agreed to do so at that time, I find that I just can’t do it.

“Although I raised about $1 million for Obama in 2008 and 2012, I just haven’t been able to get equally passionate about Hillary. That may change — and certainly will if no credible alternate candidate emerges — but I’m not there yet.

“There just seems to be one shoe falling after another. Nothing major, but this constant drip, drip, drip is concerning.

“On top of that, Hillary only recently came out in support of same-sex marriage at the federal level, and she STILL hasn’t taken a position on increasing the federal minimum wage. Let’s see some leadership, damn it!!”

On the phone Friday, Cooper said: “I really am trying to get passionate about Hillary, try to recapture some of what I felt for Obama back in 2008. It’s just not happening.”

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