Magazine | February 8, 2010, Issue

From the Wednesday Inbox

TO:  jstevens@wilmercutlerllc.com

FROM:  pwilliamson@manattphelpsllc.com

SUBJ:  our clients

Dear Joe:

I just got an e-mail from my client. He has been watching the Massachusetts Sen­ate returns closely — he says it reminds him a lot of what happened to him in 1994, when he was president. As you know he remains one of the smartest political minds around. He had a thought he’d like to run by your client, whenever she gets the time — know she’s busy with all of this Haiti stuff and other DepState business.

Let me top-line you: My client believes that with what’s happened in Mass and what’s on the horizon in the midterms, 2012 offers an opportunity for your client. Enough said. Let’s talk.

Could you please circle back with me and maybe we can set a time?

Paul

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TO:  pwilliamson@manattphelpsllc.com

FROM:  jstevens@wilmercutlerllc.com

SUBJ:  RE: our clients

Paul:

As you know, my client is very busy with her duties as Secretary of State. And she pointed out, when I called her, that your client is also supposed to be pretty busy with the Haiti rescue effort. Can’t this wait?

Joe

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TO:  jstevens@wilmercutlerllc.com

FROM:  pwilliamson@manattphelpsllc.com

SUBJ:  RE: RE: our clients

Joe:

Look, I think that when a client with the stature and the political savvy of mine has an idea to run by your client, his legally enfranchised life partner, it’s not too much to ask for a conference call among the parties to discuss it. I also think that this kind of interaction is covered by our most recent partnership agreement between the parties, in which it’s clearly stated and agreed to that each party has the right to ask for a discussion/conversation with reasonable time-frame notice.

And honestly, this is a complex deal — involving positioning for the midterms and a whole lot of other moving parts. Sooner the better.

Paul

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TO:  pwilliamson@manattphelpsllc.com

FROM:  jstevens@wilmercutlerllc.com

SUBJ:  RE: RE: RE: our clients

Paul:

For the record, my client states that she’s perfectly happy with her current position as Secretary of State. And of course as such she owes the highest allegiance to the current president of the United States.

That said, she’s intrigued by your cli­ent’s notion, and would be open to a discussion with him about the details. The hard part, according to her, is the timing. What does your client suggest?

#page#Can we schedule a pre-call between the two of us, to discuss the parameters of the subsequent call between our clients? As you know, despite their long and happy marriage, our clients prefer to communicate entirely via legal counsel, and so any direct conversations between them need careful planning.

Joe

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TO:  jstevens@wilmercutlerllc.com

FROM:  pwilliamson@manattphelpsllc.com

SUBJ:  RE: RE: RE: RE: our clients

Joe:

Let’s talk Thursday morning. I agree that this one-on-one conversation needs planning on our part. No one wants a repeat of Christmas Dinner ’08.

Basically, as he envisions it, the se­quence might go something like this: Near the end of ’10 — after the midterms — your client resigns from State — we’ll come up with something, “record of accomplishment” etc. etc. and “looking forward to new horizons and new challenges” — and by April of ’11 we start the drumbeat of a primary challenge. She demurs. My client will be the lightning rod here, giving vaguely worded denials to the press, etc. That’s phase one. After a summer vacation at Squam Lake, in New Hamp­shire (have the summer house picked out already, you can see it online at new­hampshirelakehousesummerrental.com), she announces she’s in on Labor Day. My client expresses surprise, etc. etc. Off to the races.

Thoughts?

Paul

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TO:  pwilliamson@manattphelpsllc.com

FROM:  jstevens@wilmercutlerllc.com

SUBJ:  RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: our clients

Paul:

How do we handle the race angle? Run­ning against the first black president? Disloyalty, etc.????

Joe

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TO:  jstevens@wilmercutlerllc.com

FROM:  pwilliamson@manattphelpsllc.com

SUBJ:  RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: our clients

Joe:

It’s not racist if you vote for a woman. It’s pro-woman. That’s how Sid thinks we can spin it.

Paul

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TO:  pwilliamson@manattphelpsllc.com

FROM:  jstevens@wilmercutlerllc.com

SUBJ:  RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: our clients

Paul:

Love it. It’s Conan/Leno, but with POTUS. Took a chance on a young exciting face, didn’t work out, now we’re un­winding the position and going back to tried and true. I think it’s magic, seriously. And off the record, my client likes it a lot too. In fact, she’d love to call her husband directly to talk this over. Please send me his phone number, and I’ll get it to her ASAP.

Joe

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