The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza reports that a former White House aide and longtime political adviser to President Bill Clinton, Douglas Band, will vote for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, describing the uneasy relationship between President Obama and Clinton. From the magazine:
For Clinton, the politics are more complicated. His associates take it as a given that he would like nothing more than to see his wife become President. Hillary Clinton will step down as Secretary of State after the campaign and begin the process of deciding whether she will run in 2016. By some measures, a defeat for Obama in November would leave Hillary the undisputed leader of her party and propel her toward the Oval Office that much faster. At least one of Clinton’s closest advisers seems to be backing that strategy. According to two people with direct knowledge, Douglas Band has said that he will vote for Romney. Band declined to comment.