Oops: Hillary kicks off NY campaign on Welfare Island

Oops: Hillary kicks off NY campaign on Welfare Island

What’s in a former name? Not much really. But if you’re a filthy rich (emphasis on “filthy”) presidential candidate who claimed to have been “dead broke” at a time when she had just signed a lavish 6-figure book contract, it’s at least worth a Quick Take.

From the Washington Times:

Attempting to draw a connection with a liberal hero, Hillary Rodham Clinton arranged for her first big campaign rally to take place this month in New York City’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park — a landmark previously known as Welfare Island.

The Clinton campaign stressed the Roosevelt connection rather than the welfare moniker that until 1973 was the name for the narrow island in New York’s East River, campaign officials said.

They said the location will showcase her ties to the city as a former senator from New York, who also put her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, and reflect how her life’s work was inspired by former President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The article goes on to note that the island takes its name from a city hospital that was once situated there, not from nanny state entitlements. Nevertheless, it is a fun point to dwell on briefly. Besides, there are worse islands on which to kick off the local phase of a campaign for high office. Fantasy Island anyone?

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