A list of candidates that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is vetting for her vice-presidential slot was leaked to The Wall Street Journal, and it's frightening. Here is the full rundown of the list.
1. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
As the Daily Wire has previously reported, Warren is a far-left radical who also happens to be a massive hypocrite and a fake Native American.
2. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez.
Perez is also a hard-left radical, perhaps even more so than Warren, given his blatant race bias while he served in the Justice Department. Former DoJ official J. Christian Adams explains:
The New Black Panther case is one small part. But so are the eighth-grade transvestite lawsuits in New York, and so are the race quotas in New York City. PJ Media has been covering Perez in a way that no other outlet has for the last three years: his wars on peaceful Catholic pro-life protesters, his dishonesty under oath, and his overruling of career DOJ lawyers in the South Carolina Voter ID case are but three more from a long list of radical transgressions.
Adams also notes that Perez is literally Hugo Chavez, as the deceased Venezuelan dictator funneled money from the state-owned Citgo oil company to Casa de Maryland, an advocacy group for illegal aliens run by Perez.
3. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.
The Daily Wire has reported on how Castro accomplished literally nothing as mayor of San Antonio, TX, since most of his time was spent "cutting ribbons, giving speeches and writing memoirs" while his city manager did most of the heavy-lifting. Castro also has a history of sketchy dealings; when he was a San Antonio city councilman, he received a "seven-figure payment" for "referring a case from his small law firm to 'Mikal Watts, a prominent personal injury lawyer and Democratic contributor.'" Watts is dealing with a lawsuit for allegedly representing "tens of thousands of 'phantom' claimants" in regards to the 2010 BP oil spill.
As the current HuD secretary, Castro has been responsible for implementing a regulation to determine the demographic makeup of each neighborhood and community throughout the country.
4. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA).
Tuition skyrocketed by 30 percent during Kaine's tenure as governor of Virginia, the state lost 65,000 jobs during his last year and couldn't get his own party to vote for his tax increases. Kaine was eventually appointed to chair the Democratic National Committee from 2009-2011 and supported all of President Barack Obama's hard-left initiatives. As senator, Kaine has promoted a bill that would hold "gun sellers" liable for misuse of guns.
5. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
According to Vox, Brown agrees with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on just about all of the issues, as Sanders even once said "that Sherrod Brown knows which side of the struggle he is on." Brown has also written a book entirely devoted to demonizing free trade and has been a vocal opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Clinton initially supported.
6. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).
Booker's record as mayor of Newark isn't particularly great. According to The Daily Beast, Newark's homicide and crime rates skyrocketed after Booker slashed the police department by 13 percent. Unemployment and child poverty rose by 32 percent under Booker's watch and he raised taxes by 20 percent. Booker was also involved in some sketchy dealings:
All the while, from 2006 to 2011, Booker was still receiving annual payments, which totaled close to $700,000, from his former law firm—Trenk, DiPasquale, Webster—from which he had resigned once elected mayor to avoid “the appearance of impropriety.” Booker’s campaign spokeswoman, Silvia Alvarez, told me: “He was paid out by the firm as part of his separation agreement for work he performed before he became mayor.” OK, sure, but while Booker was profiting from the firm, they were profiting from Newark: over $2 million in work for Newark’s Housing Authority, the Watershed Conservation Development Corporation, and a wastewater agency.
There was also this:
As mayor, he presided over and strengthened the Newark Watershed Conservation Development Corporation—a publicly funded entity that managed the city’s reservoirs and treated water for its residents. Pretty boring stuff. But a state audit by the comptroller’s office found that the agency’s director, Linda Watkins-Brashear, was a donor and close ally of Booker’s, was using the Watershed like her own personal bank account—paying herself $1.98 million over seven years, when her salary came to just $1.16 million. The also doled out millions in no-bid contracts to her friends and husband. Further, Booker’s former law partner, Elnardo Webster, had been acting as the Watershed’s counsel—and his firm had profited $212,318. “He had nothing to do with the business the firm conducted with the Watershed,” Booker’s spokeswoman, Silvia Alvarez, told me.
As senator, Booker made headlines for sponsoring a criminal justice reform bill with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), but was reportedly uncomfortable with being in the spotlight.
7. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D).
The mayor who infamously dropped an f-bomb on live television is a quintessential leftist, as his laundry list of leftist initiatives include:
- Banning "high-capacity" magazines.
- Using taxpayer money to hire criminals.
- Signing a $15 minimum wage into law.
- Supplying illegal aliens with housing as they face court proceedings.
- Making the city more reliant on public transit.
Violent crime has also increased in Los Angeles recently.
8. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA).
Vox explains that Becerra has some "skeletons in his closet":
He successfully pushed Bill Clinton to commute the sentence of Carlos Vignali, a cocaine trafficker serving a 15-year federal sentence, at the behest of Vignali's father, who donated nearly $14,000 to Becerra.
His disastrous 2001 campaign for mayor of Los Angeles (he ended up getting only 6 percent of the vote) drew criticism when it had a woman pose as LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina and make robocalls attacking Antonio Villaraigosa, a rival of Becerra’s who'd be elected mayor four years later. After the calls prompted an investigation, campaign staffers erased their copy of the message; Molina was furious.
Becerra also supports a number of leftist agenda items, such as single-payer healthcare and resisting efforts to defund sanctuary cities and ACORN. Becerra has supported groups that have been affiliated with the Communist Party U.S.A.: Chicano Coalition for Peace and Social Justice and Latinos for Peace. The congressman is also one of 70 congressional Democrats that belongs to the Socialist Party of America.
9. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH).
According to Vox, Ryan's mentor was Rep. Jim Traficant (D-OH), and to say he was corrupt is an understatement:
Outlandishly corrupt and extensively tied to the Mafia, he once represented himself in a RICO trial, claiming he only accepted bribes from the mob because he was trying to do a secret undercover investigation into corruption and simply hadn't informed any law enforcement officials that this was what he was doing. (Read David Grann’s profile of him; it’s just unbelievable stuff.) He was acquitted that time around.
Once in Congress, Traficant used his platform to champion John Demjanjuk, who was convicted in both Israeli and German court of murder due to his role as a concentration camp guard in the Holocaust. He was also fond of Nazi scientist Arthur Randolph, who used slave laborers to build rockets.
All this being said: While Ryan later fell out with Traficant, who ran against Ryan from his own prison cell, the man was Ryan’s mentor all the same, and that is at least a little concerning.
It's only fitting then that would be considered to be on the corrupt Clinton's vice-president shortlist.