Quite a bit of traction today in support of getting Susan G. Komen Foundation to stop giving money raised to cure cancer to Hadassah Lieberman. Lieberman’s career working for pharmaceutical companies and lobbying shops is at odds with what the Republican-heavy Komen “race for the cure” events purport to further.
John McCain understandably doesn’t want money pass-throughs to Senators via their wives questioned, and tweets “Joe Lieberman – standing up for his principles on health care is being viciously attacked by the liberal left…what a disgrace!” Which principle is he referring to — Lieberman’s opposition to Medicare subsidies, or the speech he made supporting them three months ago?
From the NRO: “McCain adds that he’s uncomfortable with how many of the attacks on Lieberman are personal in nature. (For example, some bloggers have called for Hadassah, Lieberman’s wife, to be fired from her position at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.) “Since they can’t attack his position, they’re attacking him personally,” says McCain. “I don’t think that tactic will work with Joe Lieberman. I know [the criticism] isn’t pleasant for him, but he’s a pretty strong man with very strong beliefs.
CNN: The move to pressure the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation came the same day Lieberman’s husband angered Democrats by announcing that he would not support an expansion of Medicare to cover individuals under the age of 55. Organizers did not point to that decision, instead citing Hadassah Lieberman’s own ties to the health care industry.
NBC First Read: Speaking of Lieberman, the liberal Web site Firedoglake has called on Susan G. Komen for the Cure “to dump Hadassah Lieberman as its ‘Global Ambassador’ due to her ties to the same healthcare industry that is actively fighting Congressional healthcare reform,” per a release.
CBS: Firedoglake launched a petition and sent a formal letter to the group requesting they part ways with Hadassah Lieberman for two reasons: Mrs. Lieberman is a former health insurance lobbyist, Hamsher writes, and her husband Joe Lieberman is “an instrument of obstruction to the kind of health care reform advocated by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.”
Wall Street Journal: “Today, Firedoglake is launching a petition asking supporters to sign a letter urging Mrs. Lieberman’s firing. Hamsher is also trying to gain attention for the effort by calling on the various celebrities aligned with Komen, including Ellen DeGeneres and Christie Brinkley, to call for her ousting.”
WaPo reports that Komen will continue to give money to Hadassah Lieberman, according to Komen’s Sean Tuffnell, who said they have no intention of “bowing to pressure”: “We have every intention of continuing our relationship with Ms. Lieberman in our mutual pursuit of a world without breast cancer,” Tuffnell said.
NY Daily News: “Komen has thus far not been inclined to listen.”
ABC’s The Note: Not just Joe feeling the heat: “Firedoglake has called on Susan G. Komen for the Cure to dump Hadassah Lieberman as its ‘Global Ambassador’ due to her ties to the same healthcare industry that is actively fighting Congressional healthcare reform. The group also called on prominent Komen celebrity spokespeople, such as Ellen DeGeneres, Andie MacDowell and Christie Brinkley, to lend support in ousting Lieberman.” http://action.firedoglake.com/page/s/hadassah
NPR: And Joe isn’t the only Lieberman targeted. Firedoglake, the liberal blog penned by Jane Hamsher, has called on Susan G. Komen for the Cure to “dump Hadassah [Mrs. Joe] Lieberman as its ‘Global Ambassador’ due to her ties to the same healthcare industry that is actively fighting Congressional healthcare reform”::
Fox News: The site Firedoglake has started lobbying celebrities attached to the organization, Susan G. Komen for the Cure — including daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and actor Neil Patrick Harris — to use their star power to force out Lieberman.
CNN’s Situation Room just mentioned it, and Joe himself doesn’t seem to be happy about the heat. Poor thing. If you’d like to see more attention paid to fact that Komen is using money raised by those who are “racing for the cure” to give to Hadassah Lieberman, please consider donating to the campaign.