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. Dominican mama 4 Obama

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

    Oooops! There it is! This is a free country and you can work for whomever you want, BUT when your husband is a senator and he is voting in line with the best interests of the insurance companies that YOU are employed by.....the stench is a little bit hard to ignore. You cannot be considered an effective representative for an organization that seeks a cure for breast cancer when you work for someone who makes trillions of dollars off of the disease.

    December 14, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Old Democrat

    Okay, let's see if I get this straight. Medicare as well as Social Security is basically in a rut as far as finance goes, so our powers to be want to lower the eligability age to 55. That means that the finances will be stretched even thinner taking away from the elderly, those that need it the most. But there is a way to compensate. They can also raise the Social Security Tax to compensate. I think they should leave it the way it is until the economy stabilizes better and Medicare is able to sustain itself with the influx of new eligable people. How big would that increase be? As of 2005 over 42,000,000 people were on Medicare. That's the Census Bureau estimate. That's a 3,000,000 increase since 2001. We're probably around 45,000,000 today. If the age is lowered to 55, that 45,000,000 will probably increase drastically. 8.5% of the United States is between 55 and 64. Do the math and vote "no" on this.

    December 14, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Ronnie

    Here is advice for Senator Lieberman..You are committing poitical suicide by siding with the GOP and the powerful insurance industry by voting No to this heath bill as written. All of the public opinion polls point to an overwelming desire of the working people for these options. To oppose it is not only spelling doom for you politcal future, but your wifes endeavors as well. Agree to the Public options or politacally die!

    December 14, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Jeff

    Here we go! Now the real truth comes out. We have Joe saying do as I say and not as I do.Think there is a slight conflict of interest here?? When are the people of Connecticut gonna wake up and send Joe packing?

    December 14, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Dean

    A person who is against breast cancer is being forced out of being a spokesperson supporting an organization that is against breast cancer because she has worked for drug companies who make drugs to fight cancer.
    Something about left wing liberals hate and logic seems to escape me. Our country is in deep dodo.

    December 14, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. KJ Welsch

    CNN should report which activists are targeting Senator Liberman's wife. Attempts to target Americans who help charities is low!

    December 14, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. getReal

    Just when you thought that the progressive/liberals/dems could go no lower, they try to use a non-profit cancer org to help their own selfish agenda. Get ready for the next election all you dirty-dems that have alligned with Pelosi, the Independants got you in, and we will take you out now that you have shown your true colors!

    December 14, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. simp

    Kick her butt to the curb where she belongs. With that traitor husband of her's they both need to lose, and I hope they do. Losers!!!!!

    December 14, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Stella

    Why you all Democrats are allowing this couple to destryo what all Americans need? Their position is linked to profit, money from the insurance companies, it's outrageous!!! Lieberman should be punished for his attitude, constant opposition to the bill!

    December 14, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Tony

    It's about time the focus was put on Lieberman's wife. She's made over $2 million the last 2 years working with the pharmaceutical and insurance companies. So it's not purely coincidental that after supporting universal heathcare Senator Lieberman now is opposed to even a public option. Money can help, but it is truly the root of all evils.

    December 14, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. benvictor

    Why these insane attacks? The liberal image will be irreparably destroyed with these attacks.

    December 14, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. yuri

    When Liebermann's arguments against any form of public option appear weak, the angry, the dowtrodden, the destitute and the underinsured are, unfortunately, likely to launch a scathing vitriol on anybody who is connected w/ him.

    December 14, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. johnrj08

    The worst punishment she could receive is continuing to be married to one of the most despised and corrupt politicians in the United States Senate.

    December 14, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. mary

    That's right! Keep exposing these frauds!

    December 14, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. suse

    Lieberman is a disgrace, the Dems should thow him out of their caucaus and demote him from the Homeland Security Committe which was his stupid idea in the first place. He should go and live in Israel since he represents that country before he represents the US soldiers that are dying in Iraq. He was hell bent for that war because he thought it would help Israel, when he latched on to McCain.. He is also representing the Insurance companies in Conn instead of the citizens.
    He is a joke, but unfortunately not funny.

    December 14, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Richard

    The Liebermans are both rats that will say or do anything to benefi themselves, dumb voter of his state that can't see him. He and Spector are the same rat finks, wake up Dems.

    December 14, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Jean DeVeber

    Finally, everyone is waking up. They (Hadassah and Joe) are speaking out of both sides of their mouths. She while supporting a health issue for women and he supporting all the insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies' interests. In my opinion, they are criminals.

    Bravo for raising the issue!

    December 14, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. Ben in Texas

    Being married to Elmer Fudd should be enough punishment for anyone. However, since he will be one of the people most responsible for defeating health care and causing the unnecessary deaths and suffering of thousands of people, I support dropping Hadassah as spokeswoman.

    December 14, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. Josefina Brown

    "We prefer to use the power of persuasion, but if that doesn’t work we use the persuasion of power.”
    Andy Stern SEIU

    December 14, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Patriot

    Typical ZOG....why is anyone surprised?

    December 14, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. Peter

    If this is true, it is indicative of everything wrong with this country. I consider myself liberal but don't seek to poison the positive contributions that others make. Just because Hadassah doesn't subscribe to the liberal left philosophy doesn't mean that she isn't capable of doing well. The louder the radicals speak in my party, the more I find myself shifting to an independent.... cmon people wise up... idiots...

    December 14, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. Rumself

    Where can I find this petition so that I can sign it?!

    December 14, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Jerry

    The democrats are such a friendly crowd, their true colors are really starting to show.

    December 14, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. Sharon

    Ys, anyone getting money from the health care industry should be a spokes person.

    December 14, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Grahame

    Yeh Let's get these dogs out of government.

    December 14, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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