Skip to comments.Landlord: Clinton staff stiffed me on rent
Posted on 02/08/2008 3:24:23 PM PST by cateizgr8
PORTSMOUTH Rochester physician Terry Bennett said he rented a city building to people who worked for Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and skipped town without paying the bill.
Making matters worse, Bennett said, the 3,000-square-foot building at 236 Union St. was left trashed. Campaign signs were left lying all over the place, he said.
"It's a very nice little building, with an 1,800-foot warehouse and the rest can be offices," Bennett said. "There's a full kitchen and bath. They used it as a campaign center and dormitory. I expected them to hand the Realtor a check as they left. They did not."
Bennett said he wanted to be fair. The tenants contacted him and said they wanted the building for five days before the New Hampshire primary, which was held Jan. 8.
Realtor Michael Whitney said arrangements for the rental were made by Emily Walsh, who, Whitney said, corresponded with him from a Clinton campaign e-mail address. A New Hampshire woman named Emily Walsh has a blog written on Clinton's campaign Web site. She is listed on the Web site as a resident of Manchester. An Emily Walsh from Manchester has also been named a 1st Congressional District delegate for the Democratic National Convention to be held in Denver, Colo.
Calls and e-mails from the Herald to Kathleen Strand, Clinton's New Hampshire spokeswoman, were not immediately returned. E-mails and attempts to reach Walsh by phone, as well as calls to a woman who picked up the keys from Whitney, were not returned.
The Herald also made a call to Clinton's national campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va. A woman reached in the press office said she would try to get someone who could respond, but there was no response.
Neither Bennett nor Whitney knew how many people actually stayed in the building. The rent charged was $100 a day, for a total of $500.
Whitney, with the firm of Keller Williams Coastal Realty, confirmed the building was not left in good condition.
"We had to pick up after them," he said.
Whitney said he has been trying to collect rent for four weeks.
"I sent about 20 e-mails," said Whitney. "I hear the Clinton campaign is out of money. Maybe the woman got laid off. I called, but they will not return any of my calls."
This week, national news reports said Hillary Clinton loaned her campaign $5 million of her personal fortune. Bennett said he finds it hard to believe she can't afford $500.
When the group did not give him a check for the amount up front, as per the agreement, Whitney said, he gave them the benefit of the doubt.
"But they packed up and left," he said.
"They left enough trash for a small army," said Bennett. "We filled two of those big black trash bags with what they left. There might still be a 4x8 Hillary sign there we pulled off the fence."
Bennett said he bought the building about five or six years ago.
It's the former location of Pro Portsmouth.
They trashed their rented office space in Iowa, too. Lost their damage deposit.
well, nobody really wanted hillary to be elected.
and so we're gonna get obama.
that doesn't make me feel any better.
is this the same HIllary who got such a big laugh and applause in the LA debate when she said it took one Clinton to clean up the first Bush’s mess and maybe another Clinton to clean up the second Bush’s mess?
Team Clinton trashed White House offices before leaving in ‘01 .. why would anyone think they wouldn’t do the same to a small rental property?
Here’s the Iowa story/thread....
In Clinton, Iowa....no less!!
What a bunch of arrogant little snots. If they are not stiffing a waitress, they are finding someone else to screw.
“”They left enough trash for a small army,” said Bennett.”
This reminds me of what the landscape looked like after rally by the enviro freaks....they left their garbage all over the Soda Mt. ‘heritage site’ they were demanding to be locked up from human incursion.....
Get you money up front from the Clintons. Always.
Their ultimate goal is to screw all of us.
If I was Hillary, I would tell my staff to over-tip, be over-diligent. This is where she doesn't have a clue on how to respect the "common" people. As Dick Morris states, "Hillary still has the first nickel she ever earned." Hillary only wants to spend our money - not hers. Afterall, she deducts her husband's used underwear as a charitable deduction on their income tax return when she was 1st lady of Arkansas.
Had a stalwart conservative do worse to one of my properties - he featured it as a slum, in a TV add, and left it looking like a slum.
Didn’t look that way when he started.
And always in cash.
Gosh, was he running for President of the United States??
No, he was raising money for same damn holier-than-thou University in Norfolk.
Why, did you vote for him?
No. But if I know about things like this, I definitely wouldn’t vote for him. And a pattern of disrespecting those who do you a service? oh I REALLLLLLY wouldn’t, I’d campaign against that kind.
*and I’m not in VA of course
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