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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Clinton hobnobs with labor at Super Bowl -- By Kevin Boqardus, The Hill

Clinton hobnobs with labor at Super BowlFormer President Bill Clinton hobnobbed at the Super Bowl on Sunday with union leaders who could be crucial to helping Hillary Clinton win the White House in 2016.

DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association's (NFLPA) executive director, tweeted out a photo of Bill Clinton hanging out with labor officials attending the big game.

 “Honored to host @billclinton and labor leaders at SB48,” Smith said in his tweet during the second half of the Denver Broncos-Seattle Seahawks matchup.

The picture he shared showed Clinton and labor officials posing in what appears to be a skybox in MetLife Stadium, the New Jersey home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets.

The picture shows Clinton, Smith and Lorretta Johnson, the American Federation of Teachers’ (AFT) secretary-treasurer, along with several other unidentified people.

It’s unclear who else attended the event and met with the former president, although Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, one of the country’s most politically powerful unions, thanked Smith for hosting her.

“We were honored to join you,” Henry said over Twitter to Smith.

Clinton’s office said the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department, which, like the AFT, is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, was also represented in the executive box.

A spokesman for the NFLPA said representatives from the AFL-CIO and Unite Here, which represents hotel and service workers, also attended the game.

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