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When bloggers attack: Jane Hamsher has some choice words for Hadassah Leiberman

Hadassah Leiberman (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

The health-care debate turned into a catfight Friday when liberal blogger Jane Hamsher went after Hadassah Lieberman: Hamsher wants the Susan G. Komen breast cancer charity and founder Nancy Brinker to dump the senator's wife as its "Global Ambassador" because of her past work with the pharmaceutical industry.

It's not unusual to attack members of Congress by going after their spouses, and this is a transparent broadside on Joe Lieberman for his opposition to the Democratic health-care reform bill -- one in a long line of attacks on the senator by Hamsher. But the founder of the influential Firedoglake blog says this issue goes beyond politics. "It's extremely personal for me," she told us.

Hamsher, 50, has had breast cancer three times -- the disease runs in her family, and she was first diagnosed at 32. She believes Komen funnels too much money into drug companies and not enough into prevention, and finds Lieberman's role as the group's ambassador troubling because she once consulted to pharmaceutical interests.

"When people race for the cure, they don't think the money is going to Hadassah Lieberman," said Hamsher, who is calling for Komen's celebrity spokeswomen (Ellen DeGeneres, Christie Brinkley) to join her fight -- or at least drop their names in press releases.

Komen spokesman Sean Tuffnell said the charity has no intention of abandoning Lieberman, "an important and valued" member of the team who focuses on international outreach. Her year-old ambassadorship is a non-paid position, but she also has a consultancy agreement that pays at least $1,000 a year, according to the senator's financial filing.

"Mrs. Lieberman is not now nor has ever been a lobbyist," said a spokeswoman for Sen. Lieberman. "These McCarthyite tactics are unfortunate and contribute to the poisoning of our public discourse."

By The Reliable Source  |  December 15, 2009; 1:04 AM ET
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How can Senator Lieberman reconcile his wife's role as Global Ambassador for the Komen charity and his non-support of the Health Care Reform bill. A diagnosis of breast cancer will certainly prevent a woman from changing-or obtaining health insurance.

Posted by: terpmom | December 15, 2009 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Dump her! Neither she or her cheeseball husband have any right to any association to anything honorable. Joe made his deals with the devils of his own hyper-inflated ego and the Israeli lobby, banking, etc. industries to sell us all out. Let them both reap the ignominy and shame.
Joe Lieberman is the poorest excuse for a man in all of Washington.

Posted by: SoCali | December 15, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

There is a special level of Hades reserved for these two where they will have eternity to expiate the spoils of their egos. Even now one can be sure they live in a house of cracked mirrors.
Ghastly, simply ghastly people.

Posted by: SoCali | December 15, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Catfight? You really called it that?

Posted by: horace1 | December 15, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Ach, Jane Hamsher... What can ya say?

When she's right, she's right and

When she's not, she's way off the reservation.

Posted by: dadada | December 15, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Jane Hamsher moved to CT when Lamont ran against Liberman for senator, and she still can't get over the fact that conservative democrats, independents, and republicans voted Joe in as an independent. This latest attack just shows how desperate she is in trying to slander Joe and his wife because Joe is standing up for what he believes in. Her blog is filled with hate and lies...not worth reading except for other liberals like her who want to "fundamentally change our Country". Sound familiar...unfortunately liberals are trying to make it happen. But many Americans are now standing up and making themselves heard...The Tea Party is gaining momentum and we will win in 2010.

Posted by: bondolady | December 15, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Joe is only playing the Democrats. He is straddling the fence. He is quietly working with the Republicans in case they regain the senate in 2010, his chairmanship will be a done deal.

Posted by: dningis | December 15, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Joe is only playing the Democrats. He is straddling the fence. He is quietly working with the Republicans in case they regain the senate in 2010, his chairmanship will be a done deal.

Posted by: dningis | December 15, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is I hope fourth time's a charm.

Posted by: shecallsmemoe | December 16, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

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