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DiNardo wants to meet with Whitnum over “whore” comment

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Greenwich Democrat Lee Whitnum’s description of U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy as a “whore” for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) during the finale of last night’s U.S. Senate debate has garnered plenty of media attention.

Here’s video from debate sponsor NBC Connecticut:

View more videos at: http://nbcconnecticut.com.

This morning in an interview Nancy DiNardo of Trumbull, chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, said, “Her behavior last night was very inappropriate.”

“And right after the holidays I will be reaching out to her and talking to her,” DiNardo said. “I believe she crossed the line of inappropriateness.”

Whitnum, whom I profiled last month as part of our coverage of the fight for the Democratic Senate nomination, has for the past few years been at odds with the party mainstream, particularly because of her vocal criticism of America’s Israel policies.

I’ve heard some complaints that state leaders are too tolerant of Whitnum, and choose to ignore her when they should be making an effort to slap her down in public.

To be fair, the last person who tried that approach – Stamford Mayor-turned-Governor Dannel Malloy – got slapped with a lawsuit.

Others believe Whitnum does a good job discrediting herself, last night’s debate performance being a good example.

I asked DiNardo if Whitnum poses a conundrum in part because the party wants to be viewed as tolerant of different opinions.

“Lee Whitnum has been running for office since 2008 and we have always been open and provided her with the same information and access that we provide every other candidate (Whitnum disagrees),” DiNardo said. “And we will continue to do that when candidates are appropriate. This has nothing to do with the message she wants to deliver. It’s just a matter of being respectful to everybody’s opinions.”

UPDATE: Whitnum just issued the following statement to the media:
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Lee Whitnum Candidate for the US Senate

Citizensforleewhitnum@yahoo.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2012

In response to criticism of Whitnum’s performance at the April 5 NBC debate Whitnum blames her disconnect and hostility at the end of the debate on being “flabbergasted” at the other candidates apparent ignorance of well-documented fact.
“I was struck speechless. The entire reason why I run for public office is because of the Neoconservatives’ role in the taking down of Iraq. A handful of people played my great country into unnecessary war. This must never happen again. It mobilized me into action and it is why I run for public office. I can’t believe the other Senate candidates were not aware. My realization of their ignorance shocked me so much it caused a momentary disconnect. I think for the first time in my life I was rendered speechless.”
Whitnum said she finds it hard to believe Congressman Murphy doesn’t know about the facts. “I can’t fathom that a Congressman doesn’t know about what happened. The first question any American should ask after it was proven by the bi-partisan 9-11 Commission that there were no WMD is why did we take down Iraq? It was not an accident. We were played by a handful of Neocons with an agenda for Mr. Netanyahu.”
Whitnum cites the Washington think tank that spawned the Neoconservative, The Project for the New American Century and Mr. Netanyahu’s highly published manifesto that came out of that think tank.
“The Neoconservative manifesto is called: Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm”, said Whitnum. “It was written by Richard Perle and other neoconservatives for Mr. Netanyahu. Penned by Richard Perle in 2000 and signed by (Colbert, Fairbanks, Feith, Loewenberg, Torop, Wurmser) it states plainly, “focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq – an important Israeli objective in its own right – as a means of foiling Syria’s regional ambitions.”
“I still can’t believe that a handful of Neoconservatives, the aforementioned plus Joe Lieberman, Judith Miller, and Steven Hadley played my country into unnecessary war.” said Whitnum. “at the same time AIPAC bragged that ‘quietly lobbying congress for war in Iraq’ was an accomplishment. Our worst strategic decision as a nation was AIPAC’s accomplishment. This is in direct contrast to Mr. Netanyahu’s insistence that we have ‘shared values.’.
Regarding the other candidates, Whitnum believes Tong is very bright but doesn’t know anything about the Neoconservatives. Susan knows but will never publicly admit, and Murphy, to whom she directs most of her anger, is “a feel-good candidate.”
“It just proves Murphy is a feel-good candidate who will say anything to get himself elected,” said Whitnum. “I would never do that. I can’t tell people what they want to hear – I’m going to tell them the truth. I’ve never been afraid to face truth.”
Whitnum says that in 2003 after reading Bob Woodward’s “Plan of Attack” and then the first 60 pages of Pat Buchanan’s book “Where the Right Went Wrong” that changed her life and spurned her into political action. She has since done extensive research on the topic. She has posted relevant points on her website citing 40+ references all pointing to the same chain of events and the same people. All responsible for the lead-up to Iraq.

http://www.leewhitnum.com/Iraq_the_real_reason.html

“Those who don’t learn from history are destined to repeat it. We are on the brink of another war, Netanyahu has the nerve to come here and to demand that we take down Iran all part of the same agenda. Meanwhile he hasn’t lifted a finger to solve his domestic problem which is something five US presidents have demanded – a resolution to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. A conflict that makes us all unsafe. Demand truth and knowledge from your candidates.”
Whitnum is a candidate for US Senate in Connecticut.

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22 Responses

  1. Dorothy in Oz says:

    Whitmun does not restrict her criticisms to the Project for the New American Century and its supporters, she frequently makes remarks about rabbis and Jews. Her blaming of our country’s woes on Israel and support of Israel is not unlike Hitler’s argument that the problems of Germany were the fault of the Jews. Do we really want to go down this road again?
    America is reaping the consequences of its own greed at the expense of its people and values. We have no one to blame for the state of this country but ourselves.
    Ms. Whitmun’s platforms is too bizarre to be taken seriously. The fact that she does not recognize this shows her questionable mental state. The woman is not sane.

  2. To speak the truth and save the country (world) is not acceptable. DeNardo is a true politician and all of her ilk subscribe to neoconservative values. Those values are NOT good and dare she tell anyone especially someone who BRAVELY speaks truth to power even though she will be falsely accused of the bromidic anti-Semitism. I support the efforts of beleagured Palestian Semites who have existed with suffering under racist/zionist Israel. I am educated enough to KNOW that Jews are NOT the ONLY Semitic race; it includes Arabs, Palestinians and Muslims from the Middle East area which Israel controls with nuclear threats! Lee Whitmun may be the ONLY person for whom I will vote!

    I will contact Ms. Whitmun’s campaign and offer my endorsement and thanks.

  3. Doug says:

    How dare she suggest that being a whore for Israel is a bad thing.

  4. Maureen says:

    If you put your country before Israel you need to back Ms Whitnum,I know I will.
    If you want live in a country ruled by Israel MOVE to Israel and leave the United States to Americans.

  5. James says:

    What is wrong with Americans. This woman has always been vocal against the takeover of her country by warmongering Zionists which is a political movement and not a religion so she cannot be called anti-semitic
    She is very consistent and does not change her colors, she is very admirable.

  6. charles says:

    I find it extremely annoying when people purposely confuse anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism for effect.

    Arabs are Semitic. Therefore, it is anti-Semitic to keep Gazans in an open air prison. It is anti-Zionist to disagree with punishing Gazans collectively.

    It is not anti-gentile to remark negatively upon slavery or the treatment of native Americans. It is not Anti-American to criticize the wars.

    American elected officials need to work for Jews in the USA, and Gentiles, Blacks and Whites, Latinos, all Americans. I cringe when a politician says they are a supporter of Israel. You are supposed to represent Americans, Jewish or otherwise.

  7. Hats off to this intelligent, courageous woman! Ms. Whitnum is perhaps the first American politician since John Kennedy to take a stand against the pernicious and perfidious AIPAC apparat.

    Ignore the whiners.

    Cheers, JPQ

  8. ferd says:

    Whitnum is a true patriot who tells the truth about the cancer that has destroyed the US, zionism. sadly the zionist whores like dinardo, murphy and almost the whole republican and democratic camps have been completely bought off by aipac. zionism is just another side of the coin of communism. patriots should rise and support whitnum

  9. anonymous says:

    Americans still under any illusions about the Bush administration and the Neo Conservatives should read Susan Lindauer’s book “Extreme Predjudice”. It is worth noting Mr. Bush was forced to cancel his trip to Switzerland not long ago for fear of an outstanding warrant for War Crimes, and he shares the company of many, including Israeli generals who avoid Britain and most of civilized Europe for the same reasons. Only in the most parochial minds (and ones with certain agendas) is there a disconnect. AIPAC and the Neo Conservaties are the number one enemy of the rest of humanity.

  10. JP77 says:

    Wow – truth during a debate – that’s MIGHTY rare. aipac whores are ruining this country. More power to the Ms. Whitnum’s of the US.

  11. Papa San says:

    Good for Lee Whitnum for calling a spade a spade. We need leaders who put America first, second, and third.

  12. Michael Browne says:

    She is a true American who loves and cares for her country . Why is that guy Murphy so interested in AIPAC ? is running for office in this country or in Israel ? . I agree with her , 100 % !

  13. Chas McCarthy says:

    Not icons of democratic party. Strictly a republican grown group who have bought democrats and have seated republicans in democrat clothing. Whether it’s been treason for money, power , or ideology it is still unacceptable.

  14. billybob says:

    All she has to do is keep yapping away and….well….to paraphrase her. “we will be flabbergasted at the degree of amounts of material and facts that are true that she has in her mind and her brain that she can’t wait to articulate and speak about orally because neocons are almost all conservatives who tend to be republicans and even right-leaning!”

    What a cow

  15. Palin Smith says:

    It’s “funny” how certain self-appointed societal justices would incarcerate people for exercising their rights of free speech. Again we see the mind-set of the iconic liberal in today’s America.

  16. Palin Smith says:

    An icon of the Democratic Party, circa 2012.

  17. Chas McCarthy says:

    The term “whore” is pretty tame compared to murderers, torturors, liars and several others that can be associated with the neocons of the Project For The New American Century and their new name The Foreign Policy Initiative. Again these war mongers are beating the drums while hiding behind a false front of civilized propriety and if takes strong and even crude talk to flush them and their supporters within the Democratic party out into the open, so be it. For too long these chicken hawks who have not served have used Isreal as their excuse for dastardly dealing when in truth its been merely an agenda for oil wealth and power and while of course Israel takes all the help they can get perhaps its time for them to denounce the neocons that Americans now recognize for what they really are or pay the price of loosing Americas support.

  18. Not Born Yesterday says:

    Whitnum is deeply offensive to all us Greenwich Dems and a blatant anti-Semite. If our Party leaders have any fortitude or even common cultural savvy, they’ll dump this nut-case NOW. Shut her out of future debates and any Party info channels. She doesn’t represent either CT or American values!

  19. David Evans says:

    Lee Whitnum is what we need in our Congress, as she knows the difference between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. For far too long, Israel’s agents within both Houses, and within the Executive branch have had too much say in US foreign policy, as Israel continues to defy scores of UN binding Security Council Resolutions and other tenets of international law, including Geneva Convention IV, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The aggressive, even murderous policies of Israel have cost the US allies, and made enemies of former allies, while our Congress continues to send billions of US tax dollars to Israel.

    http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stats/stauffer.html

    Zionism is a political movement that has created a racist, apartheid state with yet undeclared borders, as Israel’s leaders continue illegal colony building on Palestinian lands:

    http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/mapstellstory.html
    Judaism is the original of three monotheistic major religions on our planet. Zionism and Israel have no place in the great Judaic religion, according to the Jewish Holy books. They are abominations, and these good people and Lee Whitnum know this:

    http://www.jewsagainstzionism.com/about/mission.cfm

    But Zionist propagandists have so successfully conflated Zionism, Judaism and Israel, that many of us don’t know this, and we allow our legislators to be unduly influenced by the Zionist Lobby, and send money abroad to defend Israel’s illegal acts while our infrastructure and social programs go lacking at home.

    http://www.alanhart.net/the-best-congress-aipac-can-buy/

    Electing knowledgeable and courageous legislators like Lee Whitnum is the only way we are go solve this problem, and the only way we are going to help Israel save itself from suicide-by- continuing-belligerence in a part of the world that is rapidly changing.

    http://www.leewhitnum.com/

  20. Nice Jewish Boy says:

    She is at odds with the party’s mainstream because many of her comments are anti-semitic period. During the interview with the author of this blog she kept saying how “the rabbis” have too much influence. That is not criticism of policies of the Israeli government…that is plain old bigoted anti-semitism PERIOD!

  21. David Cooper says:

    I find it funny that she used the “W” word to describe Mr. Murphy when I do believe she wrote a book with the “W” word in the title? This woman makes Anne Coulter look like a normal person. If there was justice in society,it would be to make her and Anne roommates in a tiny cell like room!

  22. anonymous says:

    Brian,

    are you kidding me ? this woman should NOT even be in the debates. What a disgrace !!