December 14th, 2009
05:58 PM ET
3 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. kc

    Joe Lieberman and his wife Hadassah should be probed to know how much Insurance company paid them to block health care legislation..

    December 14, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. paul oregon

    hope the susan korman cancer fund doesnt wait untill donations drop of before they they quit paying lieberman as a spokes person for the fund.
    what do you call a person that pretends to be for health care and at the same time is on the payroll of insurance company. just like her hypocrite
    husband. i know i will be asking more questions when it comes time for donations

    December 14, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Blue

    Both She and the Senator are up to their necks in corporation corruption.

    December 14, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. dak

    Good! As a two-time breast cancer survivor I don't want any money being rasied for breast cancer research going to this woman or her husband! I would like to have the portion of my taxes that go to help support her husband's political career stopped as well, but of course "ordinary citizens" don't have any say about that! I am so sick of these people making money from us and yet not helping US!

    December 14, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Tom in Delaware

    Gotta love those Liberal principles of Tolerance and Free Speech.

    And you clowns criticize Republicans for not having a 'Big Tent'...what a joke.

    December 14, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Mia

    Conflicts of interest are rife in the senate. They are all scratching each others back and then some. Both Lieberman's have conflicts due to the state they are in, homes to many health care companies. This additional conflict is just the cherry on top. They are biased and I only wish they were required to pull their votes as judges would have to with such conflicts. Big wish I know!

    December 14, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. SF Serg

    Ahhh. It makes sense now.

    December 14, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Joel Miller

    So now we get more info on why some of these phonies are sabotaging health care reform. I wonder what Ben Nelson and Claire McCaskill have going on behind the scenes?

    December 14, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Justin - NC

    Good. Make LIEberman's pockets dwindle for siding with Republicans and his buddy McCain to back Big Pharma/Insurance agencies instead of the American people. When are ignorant Americans going to get it. Profits=Healthy People Insured
    Deficits=Sick People Uninsured

    Business=Like Profits/hate Deficits

    Uninsured, sick people need health care more than healthy people, but instead businesses want to treat them as what they are, people who will diminish profits. I wonder why Republicans who get "SOCIALIZED MEDICINE" don't want the rest of Americans to get it?

    December 14, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. Jose

    I'm so tired of Lieberman – everyone bow down and worship me- senator. This is a country of people that need to come together and Lieberman does not understand that. I am so tired of him. He's nothing more than a spoiled little brat that needs his diapers changed.

    December 14, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. David J. Fredrick1@cox.net

    Lieberman hails rom the "Insurance Capital" state of Ct. I knew that he has received campaign funds from this industry. Hence, he would oppose the public option to be incorporated into health care reform as it may affect his financial relationship with the insurance industry if he were to support the option. The reveation that Hadassah is in concert with her husband in his opposition to the public option regarding health care reform while serving as spokeswoman for the Komen cure for breast cancer is incongruous and contradictory. Her husband's apparent relationship with the insurance industry casts a shadow over her credibility and objectivity while serving on the Komen board. She should resign her position on the Komen board. DJF

    December 14, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. MichiganAndy

    While I understand questioning Hadassah's role as spokeswoman for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation because of her past work with the health care industry, the timing is very suspicious and can only be interpreted as revenge for her husband's justifiable skepticism of the current health care reform bill. This bill already has been so politicized with favors to win certain senators, and to punish one person because of guilt-by-association only weakens the position of these activists. I applaud Sen. Liebermann for his comments as this bill in its current form could very well lead to health care reform that ultimately undermines the very structure of R&D that such foundations contribute to and rely on for finding the very cures they champion.

    December 14, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. francis Opara

    welcome to Lieberman and his carpet crossing tendency. You know, I wonder if that inconsistent political parasite knows what he wants in politics. He is one man that has bestride the political corridor like a colosus without base. His new party is repudemlib non functional party of America. Good ridance to bad rubbish!!!

    December 14, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Brown

    Jane Hamsher, founder of the Firedoglake blog – What this so called humanatarian is saying is: you either agree with me or we will hunt you down. Why would anyone turn down a high profile spokesperson for a cause? Like people really want to see or hear from Jane Hamsher. This is the stupidity of the left, my way or no way. The hard core right is no better, these two sides will eventuall destroy everything if given the chance. The pox on both sides.

    December 14, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Nestor Joe Lemus

    They are working for the insurance corp. not the people.

    December 14, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. AEK

    Time to hit them in the pocketbook. Joe, the Republican shill, and his lovely bride need to understand that eventually the piper has to be paid.

    December 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. dan

    Liberals are just limeballs. Seriously.

    haven't you fools figured it out yet that not all spouces agree with their husbands when it comes to politics? or what, are you a bunch of nazi's and expect everyone to be the same as you? Lock step in everything you say?

    God, I hate liberals. you people are such hypocrits and back stabbing nazzi's.

    December 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Mike in Montana

    This whole family is a embarrassment.. I wish Senator Joe Lieberman and his wife, Hadassah would just go away.., please.. Both of you are a embarrassment to the great state of Connecticut. Joe is a well known traitor to the Republican, Democrat and independent parties.. Even the "AARP' wants nothing to do with him.. What does that tell you ? Joe and Hadassah take a vacation or leave us along. Believe me.., Joe and Hadassah your 'not' helping the problems of this country, your part of the problem. Mike in Montana

    December 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Jon

    Does this surprise anyone???? Remember he campaigned for Mr McCain......wake up...he is a Roger Rightee these days!!!!

    I think Mr Lieberman has seen his last election...he can go work for some health care company in a few years....

    I used to like him-now I do nopt understand him...

    December 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. A True Centrist

    Are these "liberal groups" really trying to politicize an organization trying to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research? This is an absolute disgrace...these groups should be ashamed of themselves. There are people DYING from this disease and if Mrs. Lieberman wants to help and can help, then let her help.

    December 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Dr: Herbert Widulle

    In Deutschland nannte man das Verhalten der liberals früher "Sippenhaft"

    December 14, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Jack

    I just hope Sen. Lieberman gets sent packing in the next Connecticut election. I can't figure out what the people of Connecticut are thinking. He is an obstructionist. Let's not forget he supported McCain/Palin. Palin??? Next you know he'll be supporting Sanford for President. Or Glenn Beck.

    December 14, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Rob

    Libs proving once again that there is no such thing as too low when it comes to their attacks. They'll throw anyone under the bus and do whatever they can to get this disgraceful joke called healthcare reform (a lie if there ever was one) passed.

    Maybe someone should ask anyone associated with Firedoglake.org not to support something so idiotic.

    December 14, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. notfooledbydistractions

    Ms. Liebermann and the LIEbermann household is one giant conflict of interest.

    Bravo Ms. Hamsher – go get 'em!!

    December 14, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. Texas Longhorn talks Truth

    With a husband like she's got I most certainly think she should resign. But then she may be like most wives have a mind of her own and he has absolutely no influence on her decisions. HURRAY FOR HER IF THIS IS CORRECT.

    December 14, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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