The death of retired New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan has written yet another chapter in the bitter war between junior senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and senior senator Charles Schumer. Last Wednesday both senators received calls from the Moynihan family informing them of the senator’s death as well as of their plans to announce his passing at a time convenient to the family.
Both Clinton and Schumer were participating in meetings when the calls came but evidently did not want to miss out on the PR buzz that would come from announcing the great Moynihan’s death themselves.
“Clinton could barely contain herself with the news,” says a Senate Democratic staffer present at the meeting Hillary was attending along with a number of other Democratic senators. “She practically ran out the door to make the announcement.”
Clinton beat both Schumer’s and the Moynihan family’s announcements by several hours. But Schumer, instead of being angry at Clinton’s ghastly behavior, was more upset that she did not follow Senate protocol and allow the state’s senior senator to make the announcement.
Word now is that both Clinton and Schumer are jockeying for the better seating position at Moynihan’s funeral.