Gennifer Flowers, who stepped in front of cameras during the 1992 presidential campaign and declared she’d had a 12-year affair with Bill Clinton, said this week that the former president wanted to “put on a hoodie” and “jog up” to her house to see her as recently as 2005.
“I was at home by myself and the phone rang and it said unavailable, and I picked up the phone and it was him and he wanted to come by my house and talk to me,” Flowers told New Orleans station WGNO-TV in an interview over red wine.
Flowers said she had just gotten a divorce and was totally taken aback by Clinton’s call, calling it “the last thing I expected.”
“I said, ‘No, you can’t come over here, no way.’ I said, ‘You can’t come to my house.’ And he said, ‘Oh yeah, I’ll put on a hoodie and I’ll jog up there.’ I said, ‘No, no, and I want you to leave me alone.’ That was it,” Flowers said.
Clinton for years steadfastly denied any kind of relationship with Flowers until his 1998 deposition when he confirmed he did have sex with her one time.
Flowers told WGNO that without her, Clinton may never have gotten elected in the first place, crediting herself with making him “a household name overnight.”
“We had had that discussion. He said, ‘My problem right now is that no one knows who I am. I need that name recognition.’ He went on to talk about the other candidates and the advantages they had. When my story came out, he was a household name,” she said.
Flowers also weighed in on the David Petraeus scandal, calling it unfortunate but unsurprising.
“I feel like there’s always something like that around the corner,” she said.
Flowers said she could offer advice to Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with Petraeus triggered his resignation as CIA director earlier this month.
“Call me Paula,” Flowers said, miming holding a phone to her ear. “I’ll give you some really good advice.”