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The race to occupy the presidency has taken a few unexpected turns in the past week. In one, Donald Trump has become Joe Biden. In another, the Democratic Party has become the alt-right. And both have thrown in a third: Joe Biden’s campaign manager, Greg Schultz.
Since the New York Times broke the news of his involvement in Biden’s campaign on Saturday, Schultz has been the target of a barrage of criticism. From his appearance at the rally on Sunday to his post on Medium on Monday, where he accused the media of “voter suppression”, Schultz has been assailed over accusations that his past, in particular his role in the Whitewater investigation in the 1990s, is a big, big part of Biden’s appeal with the voters of America’s northernmost state of Maryland.
On Monday Schultz appeared to be caught off-guard by criticism from some of his Democratic allies, who condemned him for playing the role of surrogate for the Biden candidacy. That same day Schultz wrote to the Post, denying any allegations that his past was an issue in the campaign and accusing the media of trying to undermine him.
But Schultz does not seem to be concerned enough to back down. On Monday morning he responded to the Post by calling the paper’s story “fictional”, and denying that he is or ever has been a part of the Whitewater investigation.
Schultz is certainly not the first candidate to have an event interrupted by heckler – both Obama and Hillary Clinton experienced them on the campaign trail and their campaigns sued each other over these events. Neither Schultz nor Biden has been subject to any such incidents, despite their high profile and high profile candidate. And it is easy to see why: Schultz’s alleged involvement in the Whitewater investigation isn’t even a subject of national headlines in Maryland, where the Biden campaign was holding its event.