Betsey Wright, Former Top Aide To Bill Clinton, Accused In Prison Smuggling

It's hard to know what to make of this just yet, so we'll let the headlines and lead paragraphs tell the story:

Arkansas Democrat Gazette: "Activist accused of try at prison smuggling."

Authorities accused Betsey Wright, at one time a chief of staff to former-Gov. Bill Clinton and now a prisoner-rights advocate, of trying to smuggle contraband into Arkansas' death row — including 48 tattoo needles hidden inside a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos.

Politico: "Betsey Wright Charged With Bizarre Jail-smuggling Caper."

She allegedly said she'd found the bag of chips with the special surprises inside in a vending machine at the prison. She is also alleged to have had a needle and tweezers hidden in a pen, a box-cutter and a Swiss Army knife, all of which are verboten under prison rules.

Wright, who was a chief of staff to Clinton in the governor's office and the deputy chair of his 1992 campaign, played an important role in trying to contain stories about alleged extramarital liaisons by Clinton. She is credited with coining the memorable phrase, "bimbo eruptions," to refer to the litany of accusations.

"They think it's me, but it's not," Wright, 66, told the Associated Press. "I certainly did not do what they have charged me with."

— CNN: "Warrant Issued For Former Bill Clinton Chief Of Staff."

She will turn herself in next week, Jeff Rosenzweig, Wright's attorney, said.



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