Mike Turpen _ Oklahoma City attorney, former state attorney general, television talk show host and fundraiser extraordinaire _ was walking by the press stand at the Pepsi Center last night, and he graciously stopped for a picture.
Turpen is a longtime fundraiser for the Clintons, a loyalist who badly wanted Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to get the nomination. But he said he doesn’t understand the people who have been reluctant to accept Clinton’s defeat and get fully behind Obama.
Turpen said that after Clinton conceded, he met with her and Obama in Washington. Clinton introduced Turpen to Obama and told Turpen that she wanted him to work as hard for Obama as he had for her. Turpen is now on Obama’s finance committee.
While, he was visiting with us at the press stand Turpen showed a picture of him with Gov. Brad Henry and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson at a convention party here.
Turpen said he had been asked to raise money to help retire the debt Richardson accumulated while running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“I told him it was the hardest $20,000 I ever raised,” Turpen said.