Hearst: Clinton drops maiden name for 2008 campaign
"Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., has dropped the use of her maiden name 'Rodham' in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination," Hearst Newspapers will report in its Monday papers. Advance excerpts acquired by RAW STORY follow.
Clinton identifies herself as "Hillary Clinton" in her campaign press releases and on her campaign website. The lone mention of her maiden name is in a campaign biography that says "Hillary's father, Hugh Rodham, was the son of a factory worker from Scranton, Pa."
She continues to use "Hillary Rodham Clinton" in her New York-focused press releases and in the Senate.
Clinton appeared surprised last week when asked why her presidential campaign had dropped her maiden name. Clinton laughed, shook her head and replied: "I haven't, I haven't," before dashing off.
Howard Wolfson, a top communications adviser to Clinton, downplayed any significance to the change. Asked if it was a strategic decision to drop "Rodham," Wolfson replied: "That's a fair question, but there's no plan behind it."
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