Magazine article Insight on the News

Remember Kerry's Record, Because He Won't

Magazine article Insight on the News

Remember Kerry's Record, Because He Won't

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Byline: Ralph de Toledano, INSIGHT

John F. Kerry a Teflon man? He must be, because even the liberal cum left press the Washington Post, Newsweek, the New Republic, to name a few has poured it on, digging up dirt that would have given any other candidate two black eyes. But when he appears on Meet the Press or is interviewed by our TV pundits, none of this is cited.

The Massachusetts Democrat repeatedly is referred to as a war hero (and who would deprive him of his Purple Hearts?). But little mention is made in the press of his vicious libel in congressional testimony of his comrades in arms when he returned from Vietnam. Said the war hero: American troops "raped, cut off ears, taped wires to human genitals and turned on the power, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam." And he expects to get the veterans' vote.

Of honesty and integrity? According to the very liberal Washington Post, "Kerry, who has made a fight against corporate special interests a centerpiece of his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, has raised more money from paid lobbyists than any other senator in the past 15 years."

Item: Sen. Kerry received $10,000 from Johnny Chung, a lobbyist for China, and Lt. Col. Liu Chaoying, an intelligence agent of the People's Liberation Army. In gratitude, he asked the New York Stock Exchange to list a company Liu represented. Subsequently, Kerry denied having met Liu, but a letter he had written to her and to Chung kicked a hole in his denial.

Item: American International Group (AIG), the nation's largest insurance company, insured Boston's Big Dig, a multibillion-dollar tunnel and highway that cut a path across the city. In the process, AIG pocketed $150 million in federal funds. When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, moved for action against AIG, Kerry pleaded to protect the insurer and got McCain to call off punitive legislation. After which, our hero's Citizen Soldier Political Action Committee received $30,000 from AIG for his Senate campaign, and AIG executives contributed another $18,000 directly to Kerry's Senate and presidential campaigns. And while Kerry railed against special interests, his PAC gratefully accepted soft-money contributions of $230,500 from communications and electronics businesses, $279,700 from the lawyers and other lobby groups, and $456,000 from insurance, finance and real-estate interests as well as $342,500 from individuals in all of the above businesses and lobbies.

And yes, Kerry leased a car for 16 months, never paying a nickel for it. …

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