Boston Globe published an article about many congressional family members working as lobbyists. Somewhere in the middle of the story they buried very interesting information about Representative William Delahunt from the Massachusetts 10th congressional district. Please note how delicately they introduce good Congressman:
Some members of Congress say they don't talk to family members who lobby, or don't even know about it.
For example, Kara Delahunt, the daughter of US Representative William Delahunt of Quincy, registered in July as a lobbyist for the Saudi Economic and Development Co., an investment firm that bills itself as ''a leader in Islamic investments," and says it only puts money in projects that adhere to Islamic law.
The Democratic congressman said he didn't know his daughter had registered as a lobbyist until contacted this week by the Globe, even though her employment was noted briefly in a few local and professional publications last summer.
''Honestly, I was totally unaware of that," Delahunt said in a telephone interview.
Kara Delahunt said in a telephone interview that she did public relations work and never lobbied for the Saudi company. Lance Morgan, president of Powell Tate, the public relations firm that formerly employed Kara Delahunt, characterized her registration as a lobbyist as a technicality. ''We registered her to make absolutely sure we adhered to the laws, but Kara never lobbied anyone and her work was all communications and media-related," he said. [link]
More information about the good Representative Delahunt here:
Here information about CAIR from Daniel Pipes:
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations presents itself as just another civil-rights group. "We are similar to a Muslim NAACP," says spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. Its public language - about promoting "interest and understanding among the general public with regards to Islam and Muslims in North America" - certainly boosts an image of moderation.
That reputation has permitted CAIR to prosper since its founding in 1994, garnering sizeable donations, invitations to the White House, respectful media citations and a serious hearing by corporations.
In reality, CAIR is something quite different. For starters, it's on the wrong side in the war on terrorism. One indication came in October 1998, when the group demanded the removal of a Los Angeles billboard describing Osama bin Laden as "the sworn enemy," finding this depiction "offensive to Muslims."
The same year, CAIR denied bin Laden's responsibility for the twin East African embassy bombings. As Hooper saw it, those explosions resulted from some vague "misunderstandings of both sides." (A New York court, however, blamed bin Laden's side alone for the embassy blasts.)
In 2001, CAIR denied his culpability for the Sept. 11 massacre, saying only that "if [note the "if"] Osama bin Laden was behind it, we condemn him by name." (Only in December was CAIR finally embarrassed into acknowledging his role.)
CAIR consistently defends other militant Islamic terrorists too. The conviction of the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing it deemed "a travesty of justice." The conviction of Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind sheikh who planned to blow up New York City landmarks, it called a "hate crime." The extradition order for suspected Hamas terrorist Mousa Abu Marook it labeled "anti-Islamic" and "anti-American." [link]
Back to the Globe's story. Asked about his daughter being a Saudi lobbyist Delahunt said:
''Honestly, I was totally unaware of that," Delahunt said in a telephone interview.[link]
Really? You don't say so.
JRT reader, Yechezkal Gutfreund points out in his comments to this post that the good Congressman is known to be himself on the take of the Venezuela dictator Hugo Chavez. We wrote about Chavez on this site here. The same Chavez who said:
Chavez in a Christmas Eve speech last month said: "The world has enough for all. But it turned out that some minorities, descendants of those who crucified Christ, descendants of those who threw Bolivar out of here and also crucified him in their own way in Santa Marta, there in Colombia, a minority took the world's riches for themselves." [link]
Let's sum it up -- Papa Delahunt is a crony of Hugo Chavez, his daughter works as a registered lobbyist for Saudis investing exclusively into Muslim charities. Papa Delahunt has 100 rating from CAIR. Now we are talking about a family business indeed.
Once Mass GOP gets its act together and puts an opponent to Delahunt, please get your checkbooks ready.
posted by: jrtelegraph