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Obama Sends ‘Corrupt’ Pol To Chavez Funeral

From The Hill:

Obama chooses lawmaker accused of corrupt ties with Chavez to attend funeral

By Julian Pecquet | March 7, 2013

President Obama is sending a lawmaker whose relationship with Hugo Chavez has come under scrutiny in the past to represent the United States at the Venezuelan strongman’s funeral on Friday.

Rep. Greg Meeks (D-N.Y.) allegedly met with Chavez in 2006 at the bequest of one of his donors, indicted Ponzi schemer Allen Stanford, to request a criminal probe into a Venezuelan banker who had fallen out with Stanford, The Miami Herald reported in 2009. The banker, Gonzalo Tirado, was charged with tax evasion and theft a year after the meeting with Meeks.

The (leftist) watchdog group, CREW, has more on Mr. Meek’s alleged corruption. CREW, in fact, put Mr. Meeks on the top of the ‘Most Corrupt’ list in 2011.

Meeks said at the time that the trip was aimed at thanking Chavez for providing heating oil for poor Americans through Citgo, a subsidiary of the state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela. Citgo is the primary donor of heating oil to Citizens Energy, a nonprofit organization led by former Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.) that provides discounted heating oil to poor families.

Speaking of corruption, Howie Carr, at the Boston Herald, has noted that "according to 2011 tax filings, Comrade Joe [Kennedy] made $901,236 from Citizens Energy and related corporations. His lovely bride, Beth, grabbed another $346,764. Total: $1,248,000."

Helping ‘the poor’ sure is a lucrative racket.

“I am honored to be a part of a delegation that will represent the United States at the Funeral of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday, March 8,” Meeks said in a statement Thursday. “My deepest sympathies go out to the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela. Venezuela is an important nation to the Western Hemisphere. I remain committed to building the relationship between our nations. As always, I stand in continued support of the Venezuelan people especially at this time of mourning.”

His office did not respond to a query about his ties to Chavez…

They probably are in mourning and have taken the week off.

Former Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) will also attend Chavez’s funeral, the State Department said. Delahunt met with Chavez in 2005 to strike a deal for discounted winter home heating oil for low-income Massachusetts residents, earning him accusations that he was coddling up to an anti-American dictator…

Wonder if he got a cut?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 8th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama Sends ‘Corrupt’ Pol To Chavez Funeral”

  1. canary says:

    The hypocrisy of anti-hate speech Rep.Greg Meeks honoring the hateful speaking Chavez whose anti-Semite and anti-American matches that of Iran’s Ahmadinejad.

    “The Brotherhood of the Anti-Semites: One wonders what America-hating anti-Semite will become Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s new Hugo Chavez. Don’t doubt for a second that there will be one.”

    Stand for Israel | March 7, 2013

    Being a Jew under Chávez

    Because of his camaraderie with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his support for Hamas, and the public message he spread of anti-Semitism, life for Venezuelan Jews under Chavez has been difficult, to say the least.

    Chávez’s many anti-Jewish statements in the media, like calling Jews pigs, denying the Holocaust and accusing Israel of genocide against the Palestinians, contributed to an atmosphere of anti-Semitism that grew worse year by year. Suddenly it became frightening to walk down the street after dark, for fear of being harassed. Our synagogues and Jewish community buildings were spray-painted with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans and there was a feeling that Chávez was egging on the populace and speaking the “people’s language” against the Jews.

    NY Daily News: Why Hugo Chávez hates Jews: New book explores roots of anti-Semitism in Venezuela


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