December 14th, 2009
05:58 PM ET
9 years ago

Hadassah Lieberman under attack over industry ties

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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. texasmom

    I am completely baffled by this–if Hadassah Lieberman is supporting the Komen foundation and helping them achieve their fundraising and/or research goals, why would anyone interfere with that? They are only hurting the Komen foundation.

    December 14, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. John

    Joe is currept and this Idiot is in the pocket of the Insurance co. Kick him out, he himself con't know know what he is stand for. he is a flipp flopper...............

    December 14, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. JD

    Sure...when it's liberals doing the attacking, they're "activists."

    When it's conservatives doing the attacking, they're "mobs" and "haters" and "astroturf."

    Your bias is showing (again), CNN...

    December 14, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Texas

    Beware the monster that will eat its friends, for no one is safe.

    December 14, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Laurie

    Good for them. Joe Lieberman is a thorn in any productive legislation regarding health care.

    December 14, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. kgeukes Michigan

    It would be better if Joe lost his seat...I swear I don't know what's wrong with the people in Connecticut but to keep re-electing this charlatan is beyond me. It's time for the people of Conn., Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska and other states that have senators that want to keep health care reform from happening to let these people know that they WILL lose their jobs if they try to stop it!!!!!

    December 14, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. GKG

    Be careful now folks because if you place any criticism on any Jewish person it will be percieved as anti-semetic or anti-Israel or worse things!

    December 14, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  8. billy123

    Both Senator Lieberman and his wife are bought and paid for by the Insurance Companies. Now Dems when will you finally show some guts and kick Senator Lieverman out of the Dems party. Senator Liberman showed his true colors in the 2008 Presidental election. I wonder if Senator Liberman will run for President again?

    December 14, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. James Pfeiffer

    Joe Lieberman is the classic "snake in the grass". He'd cut a deal with Jack the Ripper if he, for one instant, thought the "ripping" would improve his looks!!

    December 14, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Dave

    Typical liberal reaction.

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

    there we go...he does work for the insurance companies and not for the people...his interests as a senator is to make sure insurance companies will continue to make tons of money...

    December 14, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Adam in CO

    It's all about the Lieberman's. You can't try to pass a bill without them having to get involved on a more "personal" level than anybody else to stink the whole thing up and stall it from moving forward. All for one, and one for all... unless you're Joe Lieberman: The Republican dressed as a donkey.

    December 14, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. cheryl_NH

    I guess we now know where Sen. Lieberman stands and why. What is it Sen. Kennedy used to not fore go the good for the perfect Mr. Lieberman. Most of want the public option to work. Me included.

    December 14, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Hitman1970

    Stay Classy, Hollywood!

    Way to attack that cancer survivor.


    December 14, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. John in MN

    Why does anyone feel that they have the right to hurt another human being because of the actions of their spouse? What has our country come to? i am ashamed of these celebrities, if indeed they are in favor of hurting Sen. Lieberman's wife because of his decisions.

    December 14, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Randolph Carter. I'm no expert but...

    While I applaud any move that takes lieberman down a peg, let's be honest here. If you went after every politician or politician's spouse who has ties to one industry or another, you'd be a very busy person. Very busy indeed. It kind of comes with the territory. Have a nice day!

    December 14, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Dan

    Jane Hamsher needs to get a grip. This is petty nonesense.

    December 14, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. Mike S., New Orleans

    Obviously Joe likes all that free Viagra his wife gets for lobbying for the insurance industry.

    December 14, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Brian in MD

    Figures, going after the wife is really noble, in a Mafia sort of way. Cowards comes to mind.

    December 14, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Dave

    What justification would Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation have to use Hadassah Lieberman as their spokeswoman? Her husband has fought a health care proposal which could help millions tooth and nail. She should be dropped immediately.

    December 14, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Rush

    Good job! Let the Israelites reigned.

    December 14, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. Concerned Democrat

    As a Democrat I am really disgusted to see how rabid some of these groups are becoming. It is one thing to go after a politician who you disagree with, but it is a totally vicious and disgusting move to attack their families.

    If the Susan G. Komen foundation caves in to these lunatics, this Democrat is going to stop any and all work, volunteer efforts, donations, etc., and will motivate and persuade others to do the same.

    How quickly we forget that our own First Lady Michelle Obama had some questionable ties and questionable actions with a Chicago hospital.

    It's time to stop being hypocrites and take a good look at what is happening to our party and this nation.

    Enough is enough!!!

    December 14, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Peter

    Oh big evil insurance companies deny people care, dont make money. What I find funny about all of these people who are complaining about this stuff is that they trust the government or a non-profit even more........

    December 14, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. J. Stack

    Lieberman is always playing both sides of the street. Why Connecticut people continue to vote for him is beyond me.
    One day he is an advocate for Israel, next he is an Independent, next day a Democrat, what is he?

    December 14, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. MsDp

    Yea, now we're playing like LIEberman!! What ever it takes to fight this real live jerk of a person. Who can trust him anyway? The truth-NO ONE! America we can not go to sleep. Please wake up and see LIEberman and the GOP for what they really are – SELFISH, SELFISH, AND WAR MONGERS!!!!

    December 14, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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