When President Barack Obama last visited Miami in early June, well-known local lawyer and liberal donor Roy Black asked the Democratic National Committee if he could host an event with the president.
The DNC’s response? Thanks, but no thanks. Why?
Because Black historically has represented celebrities not held in high regard by the White House, and he has a “wild” reputation.
Several emails discussing whether to let Black host were posted on WikiLeaks recently in a batch of secret emails pilfered from the DNC by hackers.
The batch already made news in the way it showed how the DNC appeared to conspire to keep U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders off the Democratic ticket.
And it caused the resignation of Broward County U. S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz from the top party position.
Still, little nuggets are popping up from the emails, including the Roy Black stuff. A string of emails originated by DNC Compliance Officer Kevin Snowden May 12 shows the party vetted several would-be Obama hosts in Miami.
“The only issue is Roy Black,” Snowden wrote.
He then pointed out Black has a “wild reputation” and “has defended unsavory characters” like recovering drug addicted radio star Rush Limbaugh, “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis and other “flagged celebrities.”
Who are those?
Palm Beach millionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, a friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton who was accused of paying poor underage suburban girls for sex, pop star Bieber and New York Yankees legend Alex Rodriguez.
First responder, according to Wikileaks: Alan Reed, Snowden’s compliance department boss. “I lean no to hosting but could be ok with attending.”
Final answer from Obama adviser Bobby Schmuck: “Agreed. No hosting, fine to attend.”
When asked if he saw the emails, Black said he did and that he didn’t take it all personally. His faith in his fellow Democrats didn’t seem too shaken.
“Not at all,” Black said. “We still do many events for Democratic candidates. [Vice President] Joe Biden was at our house in May with [U.S. Senate hopeful] Patrick Murphy.
“I understand they [the DNC] wouldn’t want a journalist making something out of the nothing about the non-relevance of my prior clients.”