December 14th, 2009
05:58 PM ET
9 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. P.G

    Hypocrisy at it's finest.
    Remember this Joe when the taxpayers foot the bill for you and your wife's next doctor's appointment.
    You had an opportunity to make a difference. Loser.

    December 14, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Larry

    Its a shame that the Liebermans would put their own self interest ahead of the American people.

    December 14, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Diane Portland OR

    They need to make a decision. Do they want the support of real women or just rich.

    December 14, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Chris M.

    Progressives are asking that people de-fund a Woman's Cancer non-profit for political reasons? PLEASE publish the names of the "activists" who are asking for this !!!!

    December 14, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. amos okoth

    Dante: The harshest places in hell are reserverd for those who maintain their neutrality during moments of a moral crisis. This is a great moral crisis and now it is for all to know who their would be vice president really is

    December 14, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Thebe

    Please, Evan Bayh's wife next.

    December 14, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Murf

    Alright kids, let's play "Follow the Money Trail". Lierberman needs to work a little harder to at least give the appearance that his position on issues before the Senate are not self-serving. Cmon Joe, you've been at this long enough to know all the tricks of the trade.

    December 14, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. MBW

    One can only speculate what Lieberman's motives are. Polls in CT consistently show majorities in favor of a public option, yet he continues to oppose it.

    December 14, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Tom

    Glad to see "Liberal Fascism" is alive and well.

    Let me get this straight . . . .

    You are targeting a woman - a woman involved in the selfless, charitable work of fighting breast cancer - simply because her husband is voting against a health care bill that is disfavored and opposed by the majority of the nation?

    How do these people sleep at night?

    December 14, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. BH

    "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."

    Interesting that CNN uses the liberal left's kinder, gentler term for themselves.

    It's not what they ARE, but merely the facade they put on. But CNN just swallows it whole, and expects us to as well.

    December 14, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. GI Joe

    I don't think anyone should be paid by money (a salary) donated to these foundations if that person has connections with Insurance Companies. I've let them know how I feel about it.

    December 14, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Florida Joe

    We need to send both Hadassah & Joe into retirement
    Neither can be trusted.................

    December 14, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. tidho

    Yeah, that will make Joe change his mind, lol.

    The Senator is going to stick to his guns on this one, thank God.

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

    Too many politicians are too greatly influenced by Big Pharma and the Insurance industry. With Lieberman having worked for Pfizer and ALCO, is it really any wonder that he opposes any plan which may result in reduced profits for these outfits? I say, leave his wife alone and tell Liberman himself to take a freakin' hike!

    December 14, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Dave

    Connecticut people must be really dumb. How could they ever elect a guy like this? He is obviously a hack for the insurance industry. His positions mean everything for corporate america, nothing for the People. Independent??? His positions are the positions of the GOP...hurting our People, our Families...our Country, My dear fellow Connecticut voters...please throw this bum out next election.

    December 14, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. Torin for Lawrenceville Ga

    I agree!! Senator Lieberman and his wife are a bunch of phonies. They give lip-service to health care reform but in the end are tied to the interests of the health insurance industry. As thousands of women die each year because of breast cancer, Senator Lieberman and his wife hide in the shadow of insurance companies and support their obscene profits and excessive salaries of CEOs. They are traitors to the cause of health care reform.

    December 14, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Evelyn in AL

    Sen. Lieberman needs to defy the big insurance company lobby & vote for this Senate health care bill. Why does he have to worry about the big insurance companies coming after him in the next election? He can simply switch again & become a Democrat, or, if he continues on his current path, he could become a loyal Republican!
    So far, the old switcheroo had worked for him! What a chameleon he has turned out to be, a disgrace to his state!

    December 14, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    he isn't a democrate he is a fence sitter .and just wants to be on the front page . this man is an educated idiot . get him out of office or send him back to the republicans were he belongs . MR MAGOO LOL

    December 14, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. GIBBS

    foolish....just foolish. see what liberals are really like!!!!!!

    December 14, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. paul

    The Lieberman's are the poster children for all that is wrong with Healthcare in this country. They've been bought and paid for by "The Industry" It's a sorry state we are in.

    December 14, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Get rid of Joe Lieberman and we've killed two birds with one stone. Lieberman should have been gone.

    December 14, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. j-stl

    Ideology at the expense of women's health – I just can't beleive people like this exist sometimes.

    December 14, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Patrick

    As is usually the case with far left wing liberals – they will demonize anyone who doesn't agree with their point of view. Joe Lieberman and others have very valid points of view regarding the current healthcare debate. The key word there is "debate". There are no right or wrong answers – just opinions. The word liberal is an oxymoron – they border on fascism. Either agree with their point of view or they will personally demonize you. No wonder the word liberal & the mindset that accompanies it is considered a curse word here in the USA. It is that mindset that would allow this group to go after Mrs. Lieberman because they do not agree with Joe's opinions in the current healthcare debate. Pathetic really...

    December 14, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. Dan

    lieberman is scum.

    December 14, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Alex

    So he's against an expansion of medicare and also against cuts in medicare? Oh, my head.

    December 14, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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