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Liberal blogger targets Lieberman's wife

By Garance Franke-Ruta
As a measure of just how impassioned the health-care reform debate has become as it heads into the critical pre-Christmas stretch, consider this: Blogger and liberal activist Jane Hamsher has launched a drive to boot Sen. Joe Lieberman's wife from her role as an international spokesperson for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the breast cancer charity that organizes the annual Race for the Cure fundraising run.

Hamsher sent a letter to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Friday calling for Hadassah Lieberman's ouster and expressing "great concern" over her "counterproductive" role as a global ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

"As Hadassah travels the globe under the banner of Susan G. Komen for the cure, decrying the inadequacies of our health care system and the desperate need to reform it, her husband is at home to kill the reform efforts we so desperately need," wrote Hamsher. "As a three time breast cancer survivor, I call on Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Komen Foundation to ask Hadassah Lieberman to step down as a 'Global Ambassador' for the organization in light of the inherent conflict of interest her continued presence brings."

On Monday, Hamsher stepped up the pressure with a petition drive against Lieberman and called on celebrities affiliated with Susan G. Komen, such as Ellen DeGeneres, Andie MacDowell and Christie Brinkley, to exert pressure on the organization to end any paid contractual relationship with her.

Lieberman received more than $1,000 from the group in 2008, according to personal financial disclosure forms filed with the Senate by her husband. She works for Susan G. Komen for the Cure as a consultant on international outreach matters and as a ceremonial unpaid global ambassador, said Sean Tuffnell, a senior communications adviser for the group, which he said has no intention of bowing to Hamsher's pressure.

"We have every intention of continuing our relationship with Ms. Lieberman in our mutual pursuit of a world without breast cancer," Tuffnell said.

Hamsher, a former Hollywood producer who founded the Firedoglake blog network and political action committee, has long been one of Sen. Lieberman's fiercest critics on the left and blogged against him in 2006 during his contentious primary with Democratic opponent Ned Lamont. After losing to Lamont, Lieberman left the Democratic Party and won reelection as an independent, though he still often caucuses with Democrats.

Over the weekend, Lieberman made clear that he does not support the Medicare buy-in being considered for the Senate health-care bill as an alternative to the limited public option included in the House version, and he threatened to filibuster the bill if that provision for expanding Medicare to those between 55 and 64 were not removed.

"It is widely known ... that not only has Senator Lieberman been an instrument of obstruction to the kind of health care reform advocated by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, but that Mrs. Lieberman is also a former lobbyist worked for the lobbying firm APCO Associates, which represents the interests of the same major, private health insurance and pharmaceutical companies which Mr. Lieberman seeks to protect," Hamsher wrote on her blog.

Sen. Lieberman's office said Hamsher had it wrong, as the strike-through above indicates.

"It is a sad day when a false guilt by association smear of a spouse of a public official by a notorious political operative and blogger is given so-called legitimacy in the press," said Lieberman's communications director, Marshall Wittmann. "For the record, Mrs. Lieberman is not now nor has ever been a lobbyist. These McCarthyite tactics are unfortunate and contribute to the poisoning of our public discourse."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  December 14, 2009; 3:32 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Daily Dose , Health Care  
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Comments

Nice folks, those leftists. Willing to hurt fund-raising for breast cancer research to get even. Even the Mafia leaves family alone in their hits.

Posted by: tartanmarine | December 16, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Hooray for Joe Lieberman who has had the fortitude to stand up against portions of a health proposal that has run amuck! He has voted his conscience and for that some nut is going after his wife's employment. Since when did expression of varying views become a crime in our country.

Hooray for Mrs. Liberman! Do not be discouraged by acidity of the little thinkers. Worry not about them for they are just not very smart. Feed them cake.

Posted by: osramirez | December 15, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

If anyone doubts the liberal left is inhabited by hate filled lunatics and totally unhinged people who will attack anyone who makes the mistake of having a different view than their own simply need to read many of the comments to this article. Anyone who could support the outrageous and dangerous conduct of a person such as Jane Hamsher should seek the help of a mental health specialist.

Posted by: gartor | December 15, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Progressive Liberals Creating a Diabolical Society:

Check Em Out and Weep

http://www.massresistance.org
http://www.drjudithreisman.org
http://www.silentscream.org
Also google Boston Children's Hospital Sex Change Clinic
Also google Dawn Stefanowicz Out From Under
Also Planned Parenthood

Posted by: boski66 | December 15, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Jane Hansher had better consider how parents feel about this so-called health care bill proposal as we will all pay into coverage for sex surgery operations that start at $25,000 dollars offered to children as young as seven years old, not to mention abortion and partial birth abortion. The We the American people are onto these progressive liberals that are creating a Diabolical Society, Check Em Out and Weep

http://www.massresistance.org
http://www.drjudithreisman.org
http://www.silentscream.org
Also google Boston Children's Hospital Sex Change Clinic
Also Amazon.com You're Teaching My Child What?
Also Planned Parenthood

Liberals abusing our youths to pander to the sex industry and drug industry. Destroying our children and their families.

Posted by: boski66 | December 15, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

So Hamsher wants to purge Komen of conservatives.

Well, if she succeeds on this shameful crusade, she will be responsible for Komen losing my yearly contributions. And I know I won't be the only person who will be disgusted by Hamsher's Mao-like purity crusade.

So, in Ezra Klein-like formulation, Jane Hamsher will be responsible for every breast cancer victim who dies because Komen was under-funded.

Hope she sleeps well at night.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | December 15, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I am a stage 3 breast cancer survivor and am unable to buy insurance because of my pre-existing condition. I have participated in Komen Race for the Cure and have contributed to the organization in the past, but will not do so again while Mrs. Lieberman is a part of that group.

By definition, a cure for breast cancer includes early detection, agressive and expensive treatment, and often--extremely expensive medication for follow up care. If you can't get insurance--you have no hope for a cure.

Joe Lieberman (who has received millions from insurance companies) has done everything in his power to stop health insurance reform. Recently, Mrs. Lieberman appeared at NYC's Race for the Cure with her husband. They were both wearing Race for the Cure T-Shirts.

YUCK!!

Posted by: tybeeliz | December 14, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

"As expected, there’s a smear campaign against Lieberman and against everyone who may try to save Americans from the Obamacare Scam.

The smear campaign, run by the Marxist thugs in Chicago and conducted by their armies of ACORN-type “community organizers,” seeks to destroy opponents and advance Marxism.

Obama and his comrades are bent on giving us a "present" for Chrismas -- the AIDS of Marxism (with the poverty, corruption and despair that in entails) dressed up as "health reform."

Posted by: AntonioSosa"

You are a mongoloid.

Posted by: garrafa10 | December 14, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

The Liebermans are two of the most disgusting individuals in this country. They are prostitutes for the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

Posted by: garrafa10 | December 14, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Mr. and Mrs. Lieberman are fully bought and paid for by the for-profit insurance industry.

Apparently some folks feel there might be a conflict of interest between advocating for public health, and being Mrs. Lieberman.

I'm on of them.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | December 14, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

As expected, there’s a smear campaign against Lieberman and against everyone who may try to save Americans from the Obamacare Scam.

The smear campaign, run by the Marxist thugs in Chicago and conducted by their armies of ACORN-type “community organizers,” seeks to destroy opponents and advance Marxism.

Obama and his comrades are bent on giving us a "present" for Chrismas -- the AIDS of Marxism (with the poverty, corruption and despair that in entails) dressed up as "health reform."

Posted by: AntonioSosa | December 14, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

ayfkm

Prove it - that she was lobbing that is.

Thanks for demonstrating your are capable of coping and pasting the doglakehaters blog. We know the doglakehaters can't think for themselves but are able to use the control and c buttons that chief McCarthite blogger Hamshers spews at them.

Posted by: accentmark | December 14, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

"For the record, Mrs. Lieberman is not now nor has ever been a lobbyist."

You Lie !

she never registered as a lobbyist to avoid the official taint, but nonetheless worked at the powerhouse lobbying shops Hill and Knowlton and APCO. She also did stints at Pfizer and Hoffman-La Roche

Posted by: ayfkm | December 14, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Jane -- why don't you call out Lieberman for not directing the Senate Homeland Security Committee to investigate THIS:

OBAMA WRONG, UNAWARE; U.S. DOES TORTURE -- ITS OWN CITIZENS, SAYS VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Regional Homeland Security- administered fusion centers use a nationwide microwave/laser radiation "directed energy" weapons system, employing cell towers and satellites, to silently, invisibly torture, impair, physiologically and neurologically subjugate unconstitutionally "targeted" Americans and their families -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight.

http://nowpublic.com/world/obama-wrong-unaware-u-s-does-torture-its-own-citizens
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR (if link is corrupted): NowPublic.com/scrivener re: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 14, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse


Will Reid invoke reconciliation or eliminate public option to pass health care reform?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=6639


.

Posted by: usadblake | December 14, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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