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Obama Gives Jobs To Top Dem Relatives

From a gently bemused Politico:

Cameron Kerry, John’s brother, in 1972. On the eve of the primary, Cameron and campaign field director Thomas J. Vallely, both then 22, were arrested in the basement of a Lowell building that housed the headquarters of Kerry and another Democratic contender, state Representative Anthony R. DiFruscia of Lawrence.

Family ties aid Obama applicants

By: Jonathan Martin
May 11, 2009

Need a job? Under President Barack Obama, as with presidents before him, it doesn’t hurt to have the right last name.

Obama’s promise of changing Washington hasn’t extended to banishing the age-old practice of giving plum posts to relatives of your top supporters — as he’s done with the relatives of a half-dozen well-connected Democrats…

They’re well-known names in Democratic politics — Kerry, Clyburn, Hamilton, Gregoire, Mikva and Emanuel — but have received little attention because they’re not taking jobs in the senior-most ranks of the government. They are:

• Cameron Kerry, the brother of an early Obama backer, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who has been tapped as chief counsel at the Commerce Department

• Mignon Clyburn, daughter of House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, who received a coveted appointment to the Federal Communications Commission

• David Hamilton, nephew of former congressman and Democratic elder statesman Lee Hamilton, who was appointed to an appellate judgeship

• Courtney Gregoire, daughter of Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, who last week was tapped as director of legislative affairs at Commerce

• Laurie Mikva, daughter of legendary former Chicago judge and Congressman Abner Mikva, who was appointed to the board of the Legal Services Corporation, which provides legal aid to low-income people

• And Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who is a special adviser on health care to OMB Director Peter Orszag

There are federal nepotism laws barring public officials from hiring relatives in their agency or area of jurisdiction, but Obama has not instituted any specific ethics rules regarding the relatives of other prominent officials

Ethics advocates urged the president to be cautious with those who have the right bloodlines, but they said an otherwise qualified and capable individual should be allowed to serve…

Melanie Sloan, who heads Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, called it “a very fact-specific situation.”

“You have to look at their credentials,” said Sloan, whose organization has done extensive research on the children of members of Congress who’ve benefited from their parent’s position

Lest we forget, Cameron Kerry was caught red-handed in his own little Watergate-like break-in.

But never mind any of that. Being Democrats, they are all highly qualified no matter what.

Just ask former John Conyers staffer and current Soros employee Melanie Sloan.

Democrats are always irreproachable on ethics.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Obama Gives Jobs To Top Dem Relatives”

  1. Confucius says:

    It also helps to have the right skin color and gender.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    I want to know how much these connected “dead beats” are stealing and what perks they wrestle from the taxpayer.
    Once again….entitlements and their offspring!!

  3. proreason says:

    But no Obama relatives, few of which he even acknowledges.

    Mom, dad, grandapa, grandma, gone.

    No full-blood siblings.

    Are there any aunts, uncles or cousins who actually know anything about the guy?

    Does the guy have any friends, other than on-the-payroll members of his crime family?

    Are there any people anywhere who know anything about the guy?

    It’s like he eradicated his history.

    And then rewrote it.

    • canary says:

      Pro, here is a link that tells some of his more militant muslim relatives such as Roy, who became a militant muslim, the one that Obama is most proud of after his converstion at Obama’s wedding. Helped him with his politics, I suppose on the trip he took w/Michele after their marriage.


      Here’s a few more but it’s a big fmaily.
      Pro, His grandmother is still alive. His half-brother that has lived in D.C. for years recently changed his name and converted to muslim religion, attire and all. He has a very extened family aside a bigamist father with children from at least 3 marriages, his muslim grandfather, bought and beat lot’s of wifes, some left. One kept running home to her parents who would sell her back. I guess it was is great-great granfather that came there from Arabia. Lot’s of relatives he keeps contact, aside his aunt that lives in Chicago illegally. And he still has lot’s of muslim friends from Columbia Universtiy and Chicago. Bascially the book is all about his anger, hatred of the white people. He explains that’s why he attended Rev Wrights Trinity church. He also has cousins, 2nd cousins, aunts, uncles aside step-siblings. George is the one has been trying to get to come over, that got in trouble. One relative is name Omar.
      Many of them seem to have done international travel alot.

    • proreason says:

      Thanks Canary. I’ve saved that link.

      My point, of course, was that almost nothing is publicized about The Moron’s life, and 99% of what has been disclosed to the public comes from his own self-serving auto-biorgraphy.

      There has been an extensive and complete cover-up of who he really is.

      By design, he is a blank canvas upon which his drug-addled supporters paint their own picture.

  4. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    Mignon Clyburn

    Mignon?????? He named his daughter after a cut of beef? Is his son Rump?

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