Now a days we should be talking about who Bill hasn’t slept with. Who knows which list is shorter.
By Aaron Klein
During a recorded phone conversation with Gennifer Flowers in December 1990, Bill Clinton can be heard reacting to a charge that he had an affair with former Miss Arkansas Lencola Sullivan, the first African-American woman to place among the top five in the Miss America pageant.
“I can see why, you know (inaudible) she’s darkened my door,” Clinton told Flowers, after denying the affair during the conversation.
From December 1990 to December 1991, Flowers famously recorded a series of conversations with Clinton during the period he was Governor of Arkansas and considering a run for the presidency.
On October 1991, Clinton announced his bid for the Oval Office, with rumors of extramarital affairs threatening to derail his campaign.
In the section of the tape in question, the topic of conversation was a lawsuit filed by former Clinton insider Larry Nichols, who claimed he was improperly dismissed by Clinton from a state job. In the lawsuit, Nichols alleged that Clinton diverted state funds to engage in extramarital affairs with five women, and he named Flowers, Sullivan and three others, including former Miss America Elizabeth Ward Gracen. Nichols would later drop his lawsuit, but the charges helped form the basis for tabloid stories alleging that Clinton engaged in extramarital affairs.
During the recorded conversation with Flowers, Clinton recounted being read the list of women, and he jokes, “I’ve got good taste” and “I kinda hate to deny that.”
Shortly thereafter, Clinton wondered how some of the women made the list. And he made the remark that Sullivan “darkened my door.”
BC: I mean the guys that sort of (inaudible) the whole thing was just sort of weird, you know, who they picked and why. And I couldn’t… I mean, I literally have no, and I haven’t even… I mean, I’ve talked to Elizabeth Ward, who got on that list, maybe three times in my whole life.
BC: I don’t have any idea how she made the grade.
BC: At least Lencola Sullivan is a friend of mine even though that I don’t, haven’t ever slept with her. She does come to see me when she’s in town, so I can see why, you know (inaudible) she’s darkened my door.
GF: Well, who knows. You know… You can’t, you can’t reason. They were just, you know… they picked people that are reasonably high-profile, too, if you’ll noticed. Names that people would probably recognize …which was pretty smart.
At various points in the tape, Clinton mentions he is in direct contact with Sullivan about the affair claims and that Sullivan assured him that she would remain silent.
“Not only that,” he said. “I mean, this is just crazy. If nobody’s…can… there are not going to be any stories; nobody said anything. Lencola told me they tried to call her…”
At another point, Clinton mentions Sullivan again:
GF …. I haven’t talked to anybody.
BC: Well, one of these people tried to call Lencola and she didn’t call ’em back. Cause she called me the other day to tell me.
BC: She said, you know, if they ever get me, I’ll talk to them and tell them it’s just BS but I don’t think I should cooperate with them.