“It raises very serious questions,” says Scott Harshbarger, President of Common Cause. “You’d think this would be something they’d be very careful about.”
But Charles Lewis, Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity, says releasing photos is “totally discretionary,” adding “there are no rules, no laws about the use of photos.”
The photo comes as both candidates court the Jewish vote in a tight campaign. Due to her embrace of Suha Arafat and her 1998 call for a Palestinian state, Mrs. Clinton has struggled to gain the backing among New York’s Jewish community that Democrats usually enjoy.
A Quinnipiac University survey released in August shows Mrs. Clinton leading Lazio among the Jewish community 52 percent to 36 percent, a slimmer margin than other Democrats have held while winning state-wide races.
Mrs. Clinton also had to contend with reports in July, which she strongly denied, that she used an anti-Semitic slur in 1974.
—ABCNEWS’ Eileen Murphy, Stephen Yesner, Josh Gerstein and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
Clintons Campaign Together
For the first time in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate candidacy, her husband appeared with her on the campaign trail.
President Bill Clinton, who knows a thing or two about hard-fought campaigns himself, appeared with his wife, the leading Democratic Party contender for New York’s open Senate seat, at an event focusing on violence in the entertainment industry at the Jewish Community Center in New Rochelle.
“This happens to me often, and I’m sure it will more and more now that Hillary is involved as a candidate, but very often I get to speak last and everything that needs to be said has already been said,” the president quipped.
Endorsing the Federal Trade Commission report on media violence that he requested last year, Clinton said, “The American people will give the entertainment industry a period now to fix this, but something has to be done.”
He added that the first lady has a “lifetime of commitment” to the issue.
For her part, Mrs. Clinton said she wanted the entertainment industry to “look very carefully” at the recommendations in the FTC report.
“This report sounds another loud and clear alarm to the industry … if they fail to meet the challenge voluntarily, then I along with others will support appropriate action to protect our kids,” said Mrs. Clinton.
—ABCNEWS’ Tamara Lipper contributed to this report.