December 14th, 2009
05:58 PM ET
7 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. Sam

    Totally inexcusable as far as I'm concerned. I don't agree with Senator Lieberman on most of the major issues but his wife's value as a spokesman for any organization should not be defined by his position on health care reform or his opposition to a public option.

    December 14, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Joy Travis

    I totally agree that Lieberman's wife should be banned as spokeswoman. Her husband is so against a public option for health care that it seems hypocritical for her to continue, especially considering her noted ties to insurance.
    America needs a public option....It is the only way that many will be able to obtain their rightful insurance coverage.

    December 14, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Steve in Kentucky

    I think we all should end our association with the Liebermans - or Liebermen, whatever.

    I guess George W. Bush's supporters actually got it right after the 2000 election when they referred to him as "Loserman."

    December 14, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. Pragmatic

    Their health care is well taken care of ... by the taxpayers. They could care less about the average person and the struggles we face. All about "principals" and seldom about real people.

    December 14, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Dixie Stover

    Mr. Leiberman - who politically claims to be "neither fish nor fowl" - seems to have strong Republican leanings no matter who he caucuses with. Big business ties. McCain stooge.

    December 14, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. dec14

    Wow... pure stupidity. She's not allowed to support cancer research because she previously "worked as a consultant for companies including Pfizer and ALCO." How much more narrow-minded can you get? And why does opposing age 55 for Medicare mean ANYTHING? Do they realize how much something like that would cost?

    December 14, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Paul Lennon

    One of the few guys with guts on "The Hill"
    Go Joe Go

    December 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Take Back America

    If it's supported by celebriries then it's not worth the paper it is written on. This is an example of liberal left wing extortion and blackmail. Never mind that Hadassah Lieberman does all she can to advance the search for breast cancer cures. Just because her husband has the chutzpah to stand up to the tax and spend majority in Washington, the Obama butt kissers want to smear her good work aand name.

    December 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Claire

    Sounds right to me!

    December 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. PREDICTA

    Another smear campaign by the left against those who don't follow their radical agenda. They can't get to Lieberman, so they go after his wife. Typical. It won't change his position on health care, so why bother?

    December 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. sharon

    Since her dear hubby wants to work with the gop against the democrats......and the vast majority of citizens that want and need the public option in the health care reform bill..........................he needs to join the gop. That way he would not have to feel so important.

    December 14, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. W. Batchelder

    Once upon a time (and perhaps only in fairy tales), a person would have recused himself from voting on the health care bill if his wife was a major insurance industry lobbyist. Such a thing would've been seen as a conflict of interest and, thus, potentially unethical. Nowadays, Lieberman looks right into the camera and lies for all he's worth, putting himself before the American people every single time.

    December 14, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. nick

    Oh wow!...........celebrities are backing this. Now I'm convinced!

    December 14, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Ricki

    Jane Hamsher should be ashamed of herself. The issue is Breast Cancer Awareness and I couldn't care less who Hadassah Lieberman has consulted for now or in the past. Let's find out what Jane Hamsher's agenda is in all this. Why is she against Hadassah Lieberman?

    December 14, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Dan Leavitt

    Your a traitor to your country, your state, and the Democratic Party. The problem with lifelong politicians like you is theat eventually your special interests are openly reflected in your preferential legislative standings.

    Your a turncoat to all Americans with your persistent impediments to Health Care Reform. All I read about you lately Senator is "negative".

    It's long overdue and time for you to retire and spend some time with your Grandchildren. Politicians like you are much like old soldiers...they don't die they just fade away. So please Senator, go away while you still maintain some sence of integrity, otherwise you'll end up like Bush, a washed out, unpopular politician, with a continuous cloud of disdain raining down upon you and all you stand for.

    Do us all a favor and go away...once and for all...and forever.

    December 14, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. andy

    Liberals are a nasty bunch. They are like babies in the sand box that don't get their way. They start attacking you and calling you names but get mad when you return the favor. Liberals are a watse of good air.

    December 14, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Ronnie, From New Orleans

    That's it Democrats, fight!! Its about time that we fight fire with fire, if these so called party of NO Repubs and money grabbing Independents want to play dirty, then we must roll over there butts and put there fannies to the fire.

    As Dems we have been playing too nice with all these Tea people arorund and Repub acting Independents.Take there money from them.

    December 14, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. ThinkAgain

    We can all plainly see where Senator Lieberman's affection lies: Not with the people – with the pharmaceutical companies.

    And why not? He's wealthy, he doesn't need to worry about paying bills. He is so pathetically out of touch – shame on you, Joe!!!

    December 14, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. bobk

    Awesome, and if that doesn't work maybe they can get bullies to beat up his grand kids during recess.

    December 14, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. bcdc

    Another liberal threat.....keep the illegals and ship out the liberals. US would be much better off.

    December 14, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Jozsef Nagy

    What a big family.

    December 14, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Jim

    Now we know why Lieberman is nothing but a Republican hiding behind an "Independent" label. Lieberman is nothing but a self-serving hypocrite with a conflict of interest.

    December 14, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Ronnie, From New Orleans

    Go President Obama Go!!! Health Care Reform for all.

    December 14, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. joyce

    Makes one wonder why he is so adamantly opposed to so much of
    this health care bill.

    December 14, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    As with most of our "civil servants" and their wives and families...
    They ALREADY have it better than the working class (and we pay for it), but they feel entitled, I think (because they gladly accept the benefits they receive), and STILL campaign against us, in the pockets of "Big Business" (Pharma, in this case).

    I'm glad to see that America is awake and using what powers we have to get a good outcome for the working class.

    December 14, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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