After the California Globe reported yesterday on the surprising willingness of Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis confirming CNN’s bombshell that Vice President Harris has been experiencing “frustration” with the Biden Administration, a reader got in touch to reveal that Kounalakis has expressed strong opinions about Joe Biden in the past.
Our story already included an incident in which Kounalakis emailed Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta to complain that Biden’s appearance at the Greek Orthodox Church was dominated by male attendees. Kounalakis told Podesta, “There is a Greek American love fest going on with Joe Biden, very boy-club.”
At the time, Kounalakis was a prominent supporter of eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Kounalakis claimed in one email to Huma Abedin that she had hosted seven events for Mrs. Clinton in 2015, and had thus earned the right to ride in a motorcade with Clinton in Sacramento.
But according to emails this reader shared with the California Globe, Kounalakis expressed grave concern on multiple occasions that then Vice President Biden would jump into the 2016 presidential race and complicate things for her preferred candidate.
On June 10, 2015, Kounalakis emailed Podesta with great urgency about Biden. She told Podesta that George Marcus, the Greek-American billionaire real estate broker and founder of both Marcus & Millichap and Essex Property Trust, “swears Biden is running.” According to Kounalakis, Marcus told her that Biden had taken him on Air Force Two and explained that he’s being asked to run, presumably by supporters who didn’t think Hillary would fare well in the 2016 general election.
Kounalakis speculated, “This is probably just George seeking cover for not getting on board with HRC. But it seemed so odd – especially after the tragic loss of Joe’s son – that George would even say it. But he was adamant.” Podesta replies with an It’d-be-a-shame-if-we-have-to-knife-him response: “I like [Biden] and grieve for him and hope he doesn’t do it for his sake.”
Kounalakis wasn’t finished opining on the Vice President, or his alleged predilection for seeking out audiences that exclude women. On Oct. 18, 2015, she emailed David Brock, the former conservative maestro of political theater who miraculously became a trusted Clinton insider.
Here is the full text of what Kounalakis wrote to Brock:
From: Eleni Kounalakis (email address redacted)
To: David Brock (email address redacted)
Date: 2015-10-18 15:31
Subject: Biden at Archon dinner last night in NYC
The Human Rights Award that Biden received last night was from the Greek Orthodox Church, at the annual dinner of the Archons of the Order of St. Andrew. Archons are all men – women are prohibited from serving in this capacity.
Here’s the ABC coverage: (link)
I just read that over 65 percent of white men in the US have an unfavorable opinion of HRC.
I suspect that the numbers were even higher at this event, which includes a majority of republicans.
If Biden, or his staff, was out looking for an overly-optimistic reflection of his chances at this critical decision point, this would be the crowd that would give it to him.
Kounalakis served as the US Ambassador to Hungary during the Obama Administration. With her massive success as a fundraiser for Democratic candidates — her father Angelo Tsakopoulos regularly tops lists of political donors and he and she combined on a reported $9 million to help her become Lt. Gov—some in Sacramento were surprised when the Biden Administration didn’t offer Kounalakis a plum ambassadorship.
Perhaps these emails that are floating around explain why that may be. And now, with the “Kamala’s frustration” gaffe, it’s hard to picture such an appointment materializing in the future.
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