2016 Pre-Campaign Leads to Squirrel-on-Squirrel Combat

Democrats have created their own political rodent to respond to the GOP’s anti-Clinton counterpart.

A Republican staffer dressed as a giant squirrel stands in front of a bus owned by the pro-Clinton super PAC Ready for Hillary.
National Journal
Alex Seitz Wald
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Alex Seitz-Wald
June 18, 2014, 11:15 a.m.

Al­lies of Hil­lary Clin­ton aren’t go­ing to take the taunt­ings of a man in a gi­ant squir­rel cos­tume ly­ing down, so they’ve en­lis­ted their own on­line ar­boreal ro­dent to fight back against the Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee’s, which has been stalk­ing Clin­ton at re­cent stops on her book tour.

HRC Squir­rel, meet RNC Squir­rel.

The pro-Clin­ton squir­rel calls it­self a “frenemy” of its anti-Clin­ton coun­ter­part, and seems more dis­ap­poin­ted than angry in HRC Squir­rel’s polit­ic­al views. “It’s sad to me, be­cause meet­ing a fel­low sciur­us polit­i­c­us is about as rare as a new idea from the @GOP,” the pro-Clin­ton RNC squir­rel tweeted.

It also said it was “JEAL­OUS” that Clin­ton gave a copy of her new mem­oir to the GOP squir­rel Tues­day even­ing, and asked to bor­row the book when its op­pos­ite num­ber was done read­ing it.

Ad­rienne El­rod, the com­mu­nic­a­tions dir­ect­or for Cor­rect the Re­cord, the pro-Clin­ton group which cre­ated RNC Squir­rel, said it seemed only ap­pro­pri­ate to re­spond in kind. “A silly, squir­relly cam­paign by the RNC de­serves an ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse,” she said.

Cor­rect the Re­cord, a pro­ject of the Demo­crat­ic su­per PAC Amer­ic­an Bridge, was cre­ated to de­fend Clin­ton from Re­pub­lic­an at­tacks. “Cor­rect the Re­cord has launched RNC Squir­rel to try and com­mu­nic­ate with the RNC and dis­cov­er why Re­pub­lic­ans are so short on ideas and real dia­logue and have to re­sort to car­toon­ish antics,” El­rod ad­ded.

Raf­fi Wil­li­ams, a RNC spokes­per­son and its of­fi­cial “squir­rel trans­lat­or,” dis­missed the new­comer. “They made a par­ody ac­count of [a] par­ody,” he said.

The Squir­rel King, from the un­li­censed 1990s Sega video game, could not be reached to me­di­ate the dis­pute.

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