AURORA | Former Denver Congresswoman Pat Schroeder endorsed Hillary Clinton for president today, saying that Clinton’s work in the Senate would help her break political deadlock on Capitol Hill.
“She knows all those guys. She worked with all those guys, ” Schroeder, a Democrat, said during a conference call. “That makes a huge difference.”
She said she’s known and worked with Clinton for “a very long time,” going back to when Schroeder was a ranking Dem in the House, in the Democratic halcyon days of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, and worked with her on numerous issues affecting children, women and families.
They were issues that “didn’t have great fancy lobbying groups around them,” Schroeder said. “She was always pushing the establishment to do something they didn’t want to do.”
She said Clinton was a quick study, learning a lot from her failed foray into “Hillarycare,” and she used her experience to keep moving issues forward.
Schroeder thinks Clinton would shine in an era and environment of political partisanship and polarization that pushed the Denver congresswoman out of politics back in the 1990s. That’s when new Republicans, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, came into power in the House.
“I felt like I was in a food fight in a junior high cafeteria every day,” Schroeder said. But she said those days seemed tame and civil compared to antics in the House and Senate these days.
She said Clinton would thrive though, like she did in the Senate, being able to “bring people together” and move legislation along.
“She can talk the stripes off a tiger,” Schroeder said.
First, however, she has to talk her way into the White House, not a done deal with the seemingly never-clearing clouds of her email server scandal that began raining on her campaign again today after FBI chief James Comey weighed in on the email scandal, saying Clinton was “extremely careless.”