Bill Clinton Wanted 'Young Latina Celeb Type' to Campaign With Him

Clinton wanted Latino surrogate to do events with him

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October 20, 2016

Bill Clinton wanted to appear on the campaign trail for his wife with "young Latina celeb types," according to newly released hacked emails.

The former president asked earlier this year for Hispanic surrogates to appear at his campaign events for Hillary Clinton, and suggested either the Castro brothers or a young female celebrity.

"WJC asking if we should have a Latino surrogate do events with him," wrote Tina Flournoy, Bill Clinton's chief of staff, on Feb. 10, 2016. "Not sure that's the focus for the Sunday trip. Where are we putting him?"

Flournoy said Clinton suggested Julián Castro, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, or his brother Joaquín Castro, a congressman from Texas.

"He just suggested Castro to me too," wrote Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager. "Or young Latina celeb type."

The campaign team then suggested actress America Ferrera, a longtime supporter of Hillary Clinton.

"He was thing America but that's based in his mind on 2008 [sic]," Flournoy said.

"We love America," said Huma Abedin, a top Hillary Clinton aide. "Tried to get her but she couldn't do this weekend."

Though Ferrera has campaigned for Hillary, she has not appeared with Bill.

WikiLeaks published the email exchange as part of its ongoing release of messages from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta's email account. The Clinton campaign has alleged that the Russian government is responsible for the hackings after the U.S. intelligence community formally accused Moscow of penetrating political computer networks to influence the 2016 election.