December 14th, 2009
05:58 PM ET
11 months ago

Hadassah Lieberman under attack over industry ties

 Hadassah Lieberman is under attack over industry ties.
Hadassah Lieberman is under attack over industry ties.

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Joe Lieberman – whose opposition to a public insurance option has drawn outrage from liberal groups for months – is used to finding himself in progressive crosshairs.

Now it's his wife's turn.

Activists are setting their sights on Hadassah Lieberman, launching a celebrity-studded petition drive to convince the nation's largest breast cancer non-profit to end the Connecticut senator's wife role as a spokeswoman.

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.

Lieberman has worked as a consultant for companies including Pfizer and ALCO.

"We are asking Ellen DeGeneres, Christie Brinkley and other high-profile celebrities who are associated with Komen to demand that no more money raised for cancer treatment be given to Hadassah Lieberman or any other ex-Pharma/Insurance strategists," said Jane Hamsher, founder of the Firedoglake blog.

(Updated after the jump with statement from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation)


CNN has received the following statement from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation:

Hadassah Lieberman is an important and valued Global Ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. As a Global Ambassador, Ms. Lieberman is focused on helping us reach out and educate women outside our borders about breast cancer, sharing our knowledge and experience in a culturally sensitive way that is making a real impact on the lives of women across the globe. We have every intention of continuing our relationship with Ms. Lieberman in our mutual pursuit of a world without breast cancer.

Updated: 5:58 p.m.


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  1. Regina welsch

    I resent that fact that any health care charity use Hadassh as a spokesman. Both she and Senator Lieberman are owned by the insurance industry.

    December 14, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. David Speranza, Washington State

    Of course, I'm not surpise. Joe Lieberman and republicans are against Obama heath care reform because they're getting free money from heath care industry.

    December 14, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. diridi

    leiberman is an idiot...ok...

    December 14, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Ex-Republican in Philadelphia

    Both of these people are the scum of the earth.

    December 14, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Flipper

    Ah yes, another example of the TOLERANT Left. March on liberal fascists!

    December 14, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Hendrik

    Anything to get rid of this clown.

    December 14, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. robert

    Wow talk about strong arm tactics.. These people should be ashamed of themselves. God forbid anyone with another view other then your own. I wont support or watch or listen to anything these "celebrities" have to pitch. This is not democracy you dimwits this is strong arm Mafia tactics, from a group of people that have nothing left to offer.

    December 14, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. bill

    yeaaa ofcourse he is doing what he's doing because his wife is in bed with the pharma companies.. makin the big bucks. Liebermans don't care about the people, they care about the millions they make from the pharma companies that she lobbies for .. just political and financial greed. How stupid are the people that vote for this idiot to become/remain senator

    December 14, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Silence Dogoode

    What has she done specifically to get the ire of the idiots in Hollyweird and the fool activists other than be married to Joe?

    How much does she get paid to be a spokeswoman?

    Better yet, how much is Jane Hamsher getting paid...and by whom?

    Are the celebrities being paid a fee for their support? I expect this kind of crap from Nixon, Tilly, Cross, Rogers and Yearwood. very disappointed in Ellen and Gloria...Don't really care what Neil says....

    December 14, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Tony

    Liberals: We support women, just as long as they toe the liberal line and don't think for themselves.

    December 14, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Joel

    So Medicare is insolvent already and unfunded and now we should expand it some more to cover to 55 years of age??? Stupid people should realise there is no more money to hand out. Who is going to pay for the expansion of Medicare? I can't afford more taxes when trying to raise a family and 4 kids. How about we have all those stupid super rich who sign that stupid petition pay for it? I am not a fan of Lieberman but I am a fan of fiscal responsibility and this whole public option healthcare deal is an openended fiscal Blackhole.

    December 14, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Moderate Voter

    Joe Lieberman is holding our country hostage right now. Why would he single-handedly ruin these chances to make life better for hard-working Americans, especially the middle class? I just don't get it Joe. You could have helped our country achieve so much and now you are the guy with the knife in America's back.

    December 14, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Bob

    Lieberman is a hypocrite. And, now it's time to go after his wife. They both are so entrenched in the health care industry, no wonder his nose just keeps getting longer every time he speaks.

    December 14, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Willi12345

    If she's doing a good job, leave her alone.

    December 14, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Harold in Texas

    I think that her relationship with the pharma industry just points to the bigger problem with the entire political process in the USA. Basically the entire political process in the USA is based on corruption...campaigns funded by special interests, with politicians beholden to the big-money special interest groups either directly or indirectly. This will never change, and we will never have reform that is meaningful to the majority of Americans until we get the special interest money and cronyism removed from the political process.

    December 14, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. bvilleyellowdog

    β€œIt is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

    Both LIEbermans are on the Health Industry teat.

    December 14, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. ATL Guy

    Its about time that people start looking at Lieberman's ties to the healthcare industry. He is not and will never bargain from an honest position because he is beholden to the healthcare industry.

    December 14, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Mike Jones

    You just gotta love the Compassionate left....They just love free speach. (Except when that "so called free speach" goes counter to anything they believe in), then watch out. They will attack you and beat you into submission.

    December 14, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Martybe

    Wow, about time we started going after the politicians spouses who are lobbyist. Actually I think they are all fair game because they have received perks from their spouses positions.

    December 14, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. Tom in Florida

    Throw all these scumbags who are getting thier pockets lined by the insurance and pharma companies out of thier positions, and lets elect people who are for the people, not the BIG overpaid execs, who work to keep the poor man down and take every hard earned doller we work for.

    December 14, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. mjm

    Boy, these libs are vindictive aren't they? They want to attack a woman who is a spokesperson for breast cancer non-profit. As if that has anything to do with Lieberman's vote on health care.

    That seems to be the liberal way, bribe and threaten until they get their way.

    What's a "progressive" anyway? They didn't like being called Liberals? I don't blame them.

    December 14, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Sniffit

    Rake 'em over the coals. They deserve everything that's coming to them.

    BTW, great picture of two of the country's most disgusting people CNN. Kudos.

    December 14, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. Storm

    Good, it's about time the American people start standing up to politicians like Lieberman, Cantor, Boehner, Snow, Lincoln and others who are against the American people. They line their pockets
    with money from Lobbyists folks. We as Americans should be driving this country where we want it to go and not the politicians who are
    deciding your and my destiny. Most of them don't have any education about Economics, American History, Law or just plan decency. Americans you have been in the dark to long on what goes on in Washington. Get educated on what is going on there. At first it will anger you but if you have any intelligence you will begin to talk to others about all the member there and the party they stand for. I have never seen so much hate for each other in Washington. What a bunch of scum bags. Most of it is the Republicans. They are the absolute worst and a do nothing party. God Help Us!!!

    December 14, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. bkelly

    .count me in.
    Leiberman should be thrown-out of office.

    What a self-centered, shameless, greedy old goat.

    December 14, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. Joe CT

    Perhaps we in CT should boycott Ellen's show, Desperate Houswives, How I met your Mother and and shows that these activist celebs appear in. Lieberman represents us folks in CT and is doing what we like. The celebs have no business commenting unless they live in CT.

    December 14, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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