Jackson supporters charged Adams with corruption and labeled Clay as the "Judas of the West."
Most historians doubt that Adams solicited Clays support by offering him high office; that action would have been totally contrary to Adams nature. Adams in fact wrote in his diary on January 9, 1825, that in his discussion with Clay regarding the election, Clay had not sought personal considerations and supported Adams as a matter of principle. Nevertheless, the charge persisted and energized the Jackson forces for the Election of 1828.
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