NH Dems rename annual Kennedy-Clinton fundraiser to honor Eleanor Roosevelt

NH Dems rename annual Kennedy-Clinton fundraiser to honor Eleanor Roosevelt
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The New Hampshire Democratic Party (NHDP) on Tuesday announced it will rename its annual Kennedy-Clinton fundraiser to the Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner, a move that follows months of calls to remove former President Clinton's name from the title.

"We are proud to honor Eleanor Roosevelt, a woman revered around the world for her bold leadership and tireless efforts to create justice," NHDP Chairman Ray Buckley said in a statement. "She dedicated her life to helping all hard-working Americans and all those who needed a champion."

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"Eleanor Roosevelt was an historic trailblazer whose compassion, bravery, and intelligence drove her to speak out at a time when women were too often silenced and relegated to the sidelines of history," he added.

Buckley did not mention the reason for the change, which the NHDP State Committee voted on, according to a press release.

New Hampshire activists had requested the name change since last year, citing Clinton's affair with a White House intern and other long-standing allegations of sexual misconduct against the former president.

It is the second time in as many years that Democrats in New Hampshire have changed the name of one of their major fundraising dinners.

In 2016, the NHDP changed the name of its Jefferson-Jackson dinner to Kennedy-Clinton, joining several other state Democratic parties that dropped the names of former Presidents Jefferson and  Jackson due to their history as slave owners.

“While Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson played instrumental roles in the founding of the national Democratic Party 200 years ago, the NHDP officers and so many others believed it was time to rename the dinner in honor of two more recent Democratic presidents,” Buckley said in 2016, while not directly mentioning the issue of slavery.