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Strange Bedfellows: Clinton, Perez, Obama, Castro

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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STILL NOT DEAD Castro, Hilton (inset) When we last checked in with Perez Hilton, aka Mario Lavandeira, he was up to his pink panties in political endorsements, publicly backing Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary and joining Fox News in spotting Che Guevara posters in Barack Obama's campaign offices—like some kind of Gumpy anti-Drudge. Oh, and he had proclaimed Fidel Castro dead.

What a difference a day makes.

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Perez finally owned up to his error in the Castro death claim and has instead latched on to the news that Castro is stepping down. What he doesn't get into is the possible political conundrum this all puts him in. Clinton, the chosen candidate of Perez—Mario grew up in Miami, the son of Cuban immigrants—has come down softer than Obama on lifting the five-decade-long embargo on the island nation. (In a recent comprehensive poll, 57 percent of Cuban-Americans wanted to see diplomatic relations restored between Havana and Washington—and that was before Castro's resignation announcement.)



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