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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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. If the SGK Foundation panders to political shun tactics

    I will end my long-running support. Please demonstrate that you are truly focused on finding the cure and avoid the business of trashing those with whom you disagree.

    December 14, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Scott in Atlanta

    Good! "Lie"berman must go!

    December 14, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Tom St. Paul

    The Leibermans are shameless. No more donations to the Komen foundation until they ditch Hadassah. And to the people of CT: ditch Joe as soon as you can. These greedy people are worse than the right wing GOPers.

    December 14, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Bob Burghardt

    If someone gives you something, they expect something in return! They aren't doing it because she is a great speaker. The public needs to know this. Liberman is a Repulican and should be cut lose. Bob

    December 14, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. sprite

    Yes I totally agree that Komen should immediately stop giving Hadassah Lieberman and/or ex Pharma/Insurance strategists any more money, not one more cent!

    Too bad it has had to come to this, but it's hard to deny that Mrs Lieberman's ties to the health care industry along with Joe's loyalty to both the insurance industry and lately his republican cronies are the reasons for his obstructing the passing of this legislation. In fact I think it is also time for the Democrats to take away his chairmanships, but most of all I hope the people here in Connecticut
    remember this and get rid of him entirely when it's his turn to run for re-election.

    December 14, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Yaakov Sullivan

    Surely a conflict of interest on her part. I hope the celebs are successful in their attempt. As for the senator, he seems to be such a vindictive man. Thouroughly unpleasant. Somewhat of a control freak.

    December 14, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. James

    Demonizing the pharmacutical industry again. These companies research and bring to the market the drugs that help women survive breast cancer. This because they think the companies charge too much? Don't support their political agenda?

    December 14, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. MJH

    This is an unjust attack on Mrs. Liberman because of her husband's political stance. The latter should be a matter for the voters of Connecticut rather than a cabal of left wingers from Hollywood.

    December 14, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Duke

    Someone needs to kick Senator Droopy out of the senate. What were people in New England thinking voting for a man who couldn't win a primary in either party. They call people like that a spoiler. It looks like he's living up to his billing in health care reform.

    December 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Southern California

    This is so typical of the people that support this administration. They are so interested in quickly passing legislation that could in the end be a severe burden to the taxpayers. It is disgusting behavior indeed. Enough already with the mafioso approach to get what you want people!!

    December 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Starcruiser

    Right on girls... finally those smart pills are kicking in. Hit em where it hurts the most...their pocketbooks with Zero Tollerance.

    December 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Mark

    I was wondering how long before CNN started to attack Leiberman being that he is a moderate not a left wing socialist liberal.

    December 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. ttbala

    I mean honestly Dems, what is your problem, why do you keep this idiot in your fold and give him a chairmanship, what is wrong with you Dems, if this was the Republicans, they would have booted this idiot out of the chairmanship and frozen him in the senate. where is your backbone Dems, can't you do something good for this country, like throwing this idiot out.

    December 14, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Randy

    That's it, bite your nose off to spite your face. Who gives a care what these "celebs" think.. The woman is trying to good but her HUSBAND doesn't toe the LIBERAL line and she is attacked. What a bunch of losers. Sig heil.

    December 14, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Good for Senator Lieberman!

    And how contemptibly petty of the people trying to attack Lieberman through his wife! What next? Are they going to threaten to kidnap kidnap his kids?

    December 14, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. James

    Surprise. NOT! When will the American people figure out that it's all about MONEY...ALWAYS! Yes, "conservatives" don;t care about anything but themselves in the long run. Enough is enough.

    December 14, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. aneanderthal

    That is the liberal way, demean and destroy anybody who stands in their way and their families. Look what they have done to Sarah Palin. In addition to being absolutley stupid, they are vicious, thugs. What else could you expect from people who have a leader from Chicago. Crass, cruel, elitism.

    December 14, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. Greg, Dearborn MI

    These people are not bright. Mrs. Lieberman is a cancer surviver herself and derives little monetary reward from her role as spokeswomen. It is sad that they are attacking her because they happen to disagree with her husband on political issues. What a worthless bunch of individuals.

    December 14, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. Joshua

    Every day that Lieberman obstructs reform, another 123 Americans die because the best health care they have access to is a first aid kit. Congrats Joe, another few weeks, and you'll be responsible for more deaths than 9/11.

    December 14, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. Glen

    Just when you think the NAZI progressives can't sink any lower, they prove you wrong. Oh and we are supposed to be impressed by the list of celebrities, the out of touch untouchables. Has beens and tired talk show hosts.

    December 14, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Judy Stone

    When we start attacking Americans for their beliefs because they don't agree with a certain group, we are risking our freedoms. Remember...the ones that our troops are fighting for.

    And the celebrities have to realize we middle Americans are getting tired of being talked down to by a group that doesn't seem to live in the general public's world.

    December 14, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. Jimmy James

    Amazing! the left goes after family members and they call it activism. If the right does it , its called racism or bigotry.

    December 14, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. CitizenJP

    Lieberman is doing a great job positioning himself to be the public enemy number one for the American people and friend number one for the insurance industry. How long this guy has in the Senate before he can be thrown out by his constituents? He is a huge disgrace!

    December 14, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Death Panel Sarah

    Kick her out...
    This is a conflict of interest....not in the usual form, but she has a lot of influence on the Senator, so it is a conflict!

    December 14, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. dd

    Insurance is unaffordable for people between 55 and 65 if you have to pay for it out of pocket. lowering the age for medicare is the smartest move we could ever make as a nation. if a small business owner gets sick for a long period of time, the income suffers to the point where the premiums can't be paid and the insurance is cancelled when they need it most. i can't believe we are just getting around to fixing this as a country. i have said before, let medicare be optional across the board and then the conservatives over 65 who use it, can cancel it and go buy coverage from one of the big insurance companies and it would help the deficit. Since medicare is in essence "socialism" , i'm sure they'd drop it in droves. They are only interested in big business anyway. They should enjoy spending that 1200 to 1500 a month it will cost a person to pay big insurance.

    December 14, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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