WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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60 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 S T E V E M A A S writer B R I A N S M I T H photographer an interview with alan schechter alan schechter recalled the morning he asked Hillary Clinton why she would even consider running for elected office. It was 1999, and the then first lady was hosting a breakfast at the White House for the Wellesley College political science professor and two of her college classmates. The presi- dent couldn't make it, but the other spouses were present. Clinton announced that she had been urged to run for the Senate seat in New York left open by Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who had decided against seeking a fifth term. She then asked each person around the table to tell her what they thought. Schechter, who had mentored Clinton at Wellesley 30 years before, was the last to speak. He echoed the fears of most of the others present: An election race would only revive the issues that the Republicans had battered her with in the past, such as Hillarycare, Travelgate, Whitewater, and Vince Foster. "Why would you want to run for this Moynihan seat since you've been treated so badly?" he asked. Clinton answered: "I always thought I could do best by working behind the scenes. … But if I run for office on my own, not as Mrs. Bill Clinton, and I win, I'll have a much stronger voice to speak out for my values." Schechter said Clinton's response sent a chill down his spine. "It was a clear-cut state- ment that 'I've made up my mind.'"

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