A wealthy donor to the Democrat Party claims former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016, fueling rumors of a possible candidacy three years from now.
Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos claims former president Bill Clinton told him that not only would Hillary run in 2016, but that “she will be a great one.”
Tsakopoulos told the Greek Reporter that the male half of the political power couple told him this during a private gala event in California two weeks ago.
The report comes as a new website, www.hillaryclintonoffice.com, has been set up. It features only a picture of the former First Lady and a contact form.
Tsakopoulos is a heavy donor to the Democrat Party, and backed Hillary’s first unsuccessful run for the White House in 2008. His daughter, Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis, was made ambassador to Hungary by President Obama. His son, Kyriakos Tsakopoulo, is also active in politics.
Days after the report was published, a representative for Tsakopoulos contacted the MailOnline to say the Greek industrialist’s words were taken out of context.
“During a recent discussion with a reporter, Mr Tsakopoulos freely expressed his own sincere hope and personal opinion that Hillary Clinton would run for President because he believes she would make a great President,” the rep said.
“Some of his comments were apparently taken out of context, as it is clear from the former Secretary’s statements that she has made no plans to run for office.”
Mrs. Clinton has repeatedly said she will not run for the presidency in 2016. Before leaving her position as Secretary of State, she suffered a concussion from a fall and was diagnosed with having a blood clot near in her head.