Remember when, nearly a year ago, a longtime Democratic fundraiser floated Martin Heinrich’s name as a possible vice president pick for Hillary Clinton? Well, it may have been more than just idle speculation. A hacked email released by Wikileaks showed Heinrich’s name (misspelled as Heinreich) on a list of potential vice presidential picks back in March. The email received attention, not just for being a list of potential vice presidential candidates, but for Clinton campaign chair John Podesta putting them into “rough food groups.” These “food groups” sorted some by race or gender, their status in the military and, in a group by himself, Bernie Sanders. Another name in Heinrich’s “food group” (which Mediaite called “generic white guys”) was Tim Kaine, the U.S. Senator from Virginia who is now Clinton’s running mate.
An email released as part of the Wikileaks data dump shows Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta saying that while former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson “can be a dick,” he still was worth talking to for a possible endorsement. “I had heard that you were upset that I encouraged a call between WJC and Richardson to bury the hatchet,” Podesta wrote to a Clinton staffer and what appears to be Clinton herself in August 2015. “I did that at the request of Jose Villarreal who pushed me and made the point that Richardson is still on TV a lot, especially on Univision and Telemundo and not withstanding [sic] the fact that he can be a dick, it was worth getting him in a good place.”
Villareal is Clinton’s campaign treasurer. The hacked email was titled, “Needy Latinos and 1 easy call.”
It’s not clear whether or not Hillary Clinton made the phone call, but two weeks after the date on the email, Richardson publicly endorsed Clinton. Thursday, Richardson responded, first on his Twitter account, then in a statement.